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, p1-24
Date 2006
Document type Research report
Coverage Canada
Summary The purpose of the survey was to gather information on a wide range of issues concerning the criminal justice system as it related to victims and criminal justice professionals, with a particular emphasis on recent Criminal Code provisions. The survey was conducted in 2002 in 16 sites within Canada and participants were criminal justice professionals and victims of crime. Detailed analyses of findings are provided in the report covering a range of victim issues and some of the challenges in providing effective services. For example, challenges in providing accessible services for victims with cultural or language needs were identified and victims' service providers described information provision as sporadic and inconsistent. Other results included consideration of victim safety, provisions assisting victims at court, including victim impact statements and support persons, and restitution. Overall victims were divided on the criminal justice system's consideration of victims.
Keywords Victims rights; service delivery; survey; needs
Topic Victims rights; Service delivery