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OFOVC Recommendations

OFOVC Recommendations

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Office of the Federal Ombudsman forVictims of Crime
Meeting the needs of victims of crime in Canada
Submission to the Department of Justice Canada for theDevelopment of a Victims Bill of Rights
Submitted June 10, 2013
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction 2Support for a Victims Bill of Rights 3Setting the context 4Recommendations for inclusion in the Victims Bill of Rights 6Informing victims 7Considering and protecting victims 16Supporting victims 24Enforcement 27Conclusion 29Appendix A: Recommendations for a Victims Bill of Rights from participants atthe OFOVC’s April 2013 Forum30Appendix B: Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime, 200332
 
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Introduction
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) is an independent resourcefor victims in Canada and was created in 2007 to ensure the federal government meets itsresponsibilities to victims of crime.
 
Victims can contact the Office to learn more about their rights under federal law and theservices available to them, or to make a complaint about any federal department, agency, lawor policy related to victims of crime. In addition to its direct work with victims, the Office alsoworks to ensure that policy makers and other criminal justice personnel are aware of victims’needs and concerns, and to identify important issues and trends that may negatively impactvictims. The Ombudsman may also make recommendations to the federal government.The mandate relates exclusively to matters of federal jurisdiction and enables the Office:
 
to promote access by victims to existing federal programs and services for victims;
 
to address victims’ complaints about compliance with the provisions of the
Correctionsand Conditional Release Act 
that apply to victims of crimes committed by offendersunder federal jurisdiction;
 
to promote awareness of the needs and concerns of victims and the applicable laws thatbenefit victims of crime, including to promote the principles set out in the CanadianStatement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime, 2003, with respect tomatters of federal jurisdiction, among criminal justice personnel and policy makers;
 
to identify and review emerging and systemic issues, including those issues related toprograms and services provided or administered by the Department of Justice or theDepartment of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, that impact negatively onvictims of crime; and
 
to facilitate access by victims to existing federal programs and services by providingthem with information and referrals.

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