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Government of Canada Launches Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

May 30, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Justice Canada

A well-functioning justice system is one that serves all Canadians, protects the vulnerable, and builds a safer and better Canada. It is especially important to include the voices of those most affected by the justice system – victims and survivors.

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, launched Victims and Survivors of Crime Week that is taking place from May 29 to June 4, 2016.

The theme for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is "The Power of Our Voices.” The goal is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services and laws in place to help them and their families. It is also about acknowledging the dedicated work of service providers who assist victims and survivors of crime and their families.

This year, the Government of Canada has provided over $1.2 million in funding to 182 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week projects and events located in every province and territory. A federal symposium will be held in the National Capital Region on Friday, June 3, 2016, where Minister Wilson-Raybould will deliver remarks.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week evolved out of the annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Survivors of crime are now included in the name of the week to acknowledge the many individuals who, having been victims of crime, have overcome their victimization and identify themselves more as survivors.

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“Across Canada, countless dedicated professionals and volunteers provide meaningful support to victims, survivors and their families by advocating for them and delivering effective and efficient services. Through funding and collaboration with organizations that provide victim services, the Government of Canada is helping to ensure the voices of these victims and survivors are heard.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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