Multi-site survey of victims of crime and criminal justice professionals across Canada: executive summary

Author(s) Department of Justice, Canada
Title Multi-site survey of victims of crime and criminal justice professionals across Canada: executive summary
Source Multi-Site Survey of Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice Professionals across Canada, completed by Prairie Research Associates Inc. on behalf of the Department of Justice Canada.
Date 2006
Document type Research report
Coverage Canada
URL http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/rs/rep-rap/2005/rr05_vic1/sum1-som1/sum1.pdf
Summary The Multi-Site Survey of Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice Professionals was conducted in 2002 in 16 sites in Canada, with data obtained from criminal justice professionals and victims of crime. The purpose of the study was to gather information on a wide range of issues concerning the criminal justice system as it relates to victims with a particular emphasis on recent Criminal Code amendments. Criminal justice professionals identified numerous outcomes from the Criminal Code provisions intended to benefit victims and a large proportion focused on positive accomplishments. Judges, for example, commented that the provisions have led to a more uniform consideration of victims and courts and increased respect for the system by the general public. A sizeable minority (one-quarter to one-tenth) of respondents believed the amendments have accomplished little or nothing. Victims were divided on the criminal justice system's consideration of victims. The findings of the study are intended to inform the work of the government and assist in identifying new areas of research and potential areas for new reforms.
Keywords Victims rights; service delivery; survey
Topic Service delivery