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NCJ Number: 114992 Find in a Library
Title: Canadian Federal-Provincial Task Force on Justice for Victims of Crime: Report Highlights
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Sale Source: Canada Solicitor General
Communications Group
Programs Branch
340 Lauier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: In 1981, a Task Force was established to examine the needs of Canadian crime victims and their experiences within the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Victims of crime suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. While the system requires the willing cooperation of victims, victims often are given little assistance in overcoming the effects of their victimization, are provided with little information about the progress of the case, and receive little or no compensation for their losses. A review of research indicates that victims need support services to deal with their losses and with the criminal justice process. More victim participation in the process is needed, and more attention should be given to the rights of victims. Areas for reform could include improved procedures for returning victims' property, the inclusion of restitution in the sentencing process, the use of victim impact statements, and protections from intimidation. Trial procedures need to be modified to reduce delays and to protect the victim from publicity. Victim assistance programs and services are needed to provide information, practical help, emotional support, and counseling and advice; and police need to be sensitized to victim needs. Sources for funding such services must be found, possibly fine surtaxes. Detailed recommendations are appended.
Main Term(s): Victim-witness programs
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Victims rights
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