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Preparing to attend a parole hearing

Not all victims of crime attend a parole hearing of the offender who harmed them but they do have the choice.

If they choose to attend, victims have the opportunity to present a written victim statement directly to the board members at a parole hearing. A victim may also choose to present this statement on audio, videotape, CD or DVD rather than verbally. Your statement is your voice in the hearing process. For tips, please see this checklist.

To present a statement a victim must submit a written request to the Parole Board of Canada in the region where the hearing will take place. For more information, read the Parole Board of Canada’s factsheet.

Find Parole Board of Canada publications and forms here.

Parole Board of Canada employees are available to answer victims' questions about preparing a statement. The policy and guidelines regarding victim statements presented at parole hearings are posted on the Parole Board of Canada's website or you can call the victim's info-line toll free at 1-866-789-4636.