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Best practices in child victim/witness programs

Author(s)Ontario Victim Services Secretariat
Title Best practices in child victim/witness programs
Source Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario Victim Services Secretariat; Workgroup Designs Inc
Date 2007
Document type Research report
Coverage Ontario, Canada
Summary This report was commissioned by the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat of the Ministry of the Attorney General to evaluate child victim/witness programs in 11 communities across Ontario, and recommend best practices. The report tables the key characteristics of each of the services of the victim witness assistance program sites, considering such features as court preparation, testimony aids, parent support and information sharing protocols. For each site unique characteristics were identified such as, for example, in Newmarket it was found that victim impact statements were completed routinely and in Kingston a fear checklist was used in assessment. For each site as well promising practices were identified. It was found that there was a mix of service delivery models across the sites and the review did not suggest one model as preferable to another. A number of recommendations were attached to the report, including a recommendation that further research is conducted of the existing programs to assess outcomes associated with specific practices that are viewed as potential best practices.
Keywords Service delivery; witness support; best practice; Ontario; child victim; child witness; model
Topic Service delivery