October 2010 Volume 17, Issue 10 Welcome to the October issue of ...


October 2010 Volume 17, Issue 10 Welcome to the October issue of ...

October 2010 Volume 17, Issue 10

Welcome to the October issue of the National Justice

Network e-Update, a publication of the Canadian

Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. PLEASE SHARE




THANK YOU to Amanda Bloom, Natasha Richards, and

Darrien Mieske for their assistance in composing this e-


Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Visit: http://www.crcvc.ca

Email: crcvc@crcvc.ca

Phone: 1.877.232.2610

The National Justice Network e-Update would not be

possible without funding received from the Department

of Justice Canada - Victims Fund.


Policy Centre for Victim Issues

Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

National Office for Victims

Victim Services, Correctional Service Canada

Information for Victims, National Parole Board



In 2009, the General Social Survey (GSS) collected

information from 19, 500 respondents aged 15 and older

living in 10 provinces. The GSS cycle on victimization is

conducted every 5 years (last was in 2004) and collects

information on personal accounts of criminal

victimization for eight crime types: sexual assault,

robbery, physical assault, break and enter, theft of

motor vehicles or parts, theft or household property,

vandalism, and theft of personal property. The unique

benefit of the GSS is that it captures information on

criminal incidents whether or not they were reported to


The initial results on victimization show that 27% of



“Understanding and Responding

to Male Sexual Victimization”

Thursday, November 4 th , 2010

Timmins Inn & Suites

Conference Centre

1800 Riverside Dr, Timmins

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This workshop is provided by the

partnership of the OPP and the

Canadian Center for Abuse

Awareness. There is no charge for

attending and is open to anyone

who wishes to register.

Registration closes October 28 th .

For more information please

email: andrea@abusehurts.com

White Ribbon Campaign

November 25 th – December 6 th


Across Canada

The white ribbon campaign (WRC)

is an effort by both men and

women to end violence against

women by focusing on education

of men and boys. Wearing the

white ribbon is a personal pledge

to never commit, condone or

remain silent about violence

against women and girls. $50.00

is the minimal cost for 300

ribbons but additional donations

are greatly appreciated. Orders

for your ribbons need to be made

by November 15 th 2010. For

further information please


Heather Robertson,

Coordinator, Sexual Assault


Telephone: 613-725-3601,

Extension 104


Canadians surveyed had been a victim of a criminal

incident in the 12 months prior to the survey. This

proportion was unchanged from 2004. Furthermore,

rates of victimization for violent crimes and household

crimes remained stable from 2004-2009, while thefts of

motor vehicles declined by 23%, and break-ins increased

by 21%.

Overall, 31% of all incidents were reported to the

police, down from 34% in 2004. When looking at violent

crime, 29% of incidents were reported to police.

Violent crime incidents include sexual assault, robbery,

and physical assault.

When looking at just violent crime, in 2009, nearly 1.6

million Canadians, or 6% of the population aged 15 and

over in the 10 provinces surveyed reported having been

the victim of a violent crime. Physical assault was the

most common form of violent crime, followed by sexual

assault and robbery. About 74% of the 1.6 million

victims of violent crime reported being victimized once

in the 12 months prior to the survey, while 16% said

they had been violently victimized twice, and 10%

reported three or more violent incidents. The Western

provinces had the highest rates of victimization for

violent crimes; the highest of which were Manitoba and


Younger people were found to be much more likely to

report that they had been victims of a violent crime.

More specifically, people between the ages of 15 and 24

years were almost 15 times more likely than those aged

65 and older to report being a victim of a violent

victimization. Furthermore, it was found that selfreported

violent victimization was highest among single

people, and lowest among those who were married.

People in common-law relationships also had higher

rates of violent victimization relative to people in


The GSS asked respondents who reported having been

victimized to specify information about the offender.

These results indicated that males accounted for close

to 9 in 10 offenders of all violent incidents. In addition,

the data showed that a disproportionate number of

violent crimes were committed by young adults.

When looking specifically at sexual victimization rates,

the numbers are similar in 2009, 2004, and 1999. As

was previously the case, the majority of sexual assaults

reported to the 2009 GSS were the least serious form of

sexual assault. For example, incidents of sexual



The Canadian Association of

Chiefs of Police, in collaboration

with its partners in the Coalition

on Community Safety, Health and

Well-being presents: “A Dialogue

on Family Violence in Culturally

Diverse Communities: Practical

Approaches to Prevention and


Date: March 6-8 2011 (Sunday

evening though Tuesday;

anticipated dates)

Location: Toronto

Registration Cost: $395 plus taxes

(includes breakfasts, lunches,

conference dinner and breaks)

For more information contact:

Sandra Wright, Manager, Coalition

on Community Safety, Health and

Well-being at (613) 526-3679 or




October 4 th each year is a day

delegated to remember the lives

of missing and murdered

aboriginal women and girls. This

year marked the 5 th annual Sisters

In Spirit Vigil on Parliament Hill.

The Vigil is orchestrated by: SIS,

Amnesty International Canada,

Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical

Justice Initiatives, National

Association of Friendship Centers

and the Canadian Federation of





On October 16 th , 2010 from 12 pm

– 2pm the youth of Markham,

Ontario assembled to send the

message that they will not

touching, unwanted grabbing, kissing, or fondling

accounted for 81% of sexual assaults reported to the

GSS. In contrast, sexual attacks, which involve the use

of threats or physical violence, accounted for about 1 in

5 sexual assault incidents.

Rates of sexual assault are higher among females than

males. In 2009, the self-reported sexual assault

victimization rate for females was twice the rate of

males. In over half (51%) of sexual assault incidents,

the perpetrator was a friend, acquaintance, or

neighbour of the victim. More than half (54%) of sexual

assaults reported through the GSS took place in a

commercial or institutional establishment, such as a

restaurant or a bar.

Data from the 2009 GSS indicated that rates of selfreported

physical assault have remained stable over the

past decade. Also, similar to previous GSS victimization

cycles, results from the 2009 GSS showed that alcohol

consumption by victims was associated with elevated

rates of overall violent victimization. Moreover, people

who used drugs everyday were found to be almost 8

times more likely to report being physically assaulted

than those who had never used drugs.

Overall, 93% of Canadians surveyed, said that they were

satisfied or very satisfied with their personal safety

from crime, similar to 2004 results (94%).

For full report go to:





The CRCVC is deeply saddened for all of the

victims/survivors of Russell Williams and for the

communities impacted by his actions, including the

Canadian Air Force. It is fitting that a public healing

circle in support of the victims and families was held in

Belleville on October 22nd to help area residents move

past the horrific crimes.

While we understand the media’s role to provide the

public with the truth, we feel that too many graphic and

brutal details of Williams’ crimes were reported.

The victims were given a chance to speak at his

sentencing hearing. Jessica Lloyd’s mother Roxanne

said, “I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my

chest. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone but I can’t help

tolerate violence against women

from local public officials. Jim

Jones, a regional councillor in

Markham, pled guilty to charges

involving sexual assault on a

woman, and is running for reelection.

There have been a

total of 3 women who brought

complaints forward against Mr.




October 20 th 2010 was Purple Day

– a day to remember those

homosexual and transsexual

youth whom have taken their own

lives as a result of bullying. Jer’s

Vision, which is Canada’s Youth

Diversity Initiative, has created a

tool kit for schools consisting of

posters aimed to raise awareness

of the day, highlight resources

which are available and

commemorate those who have

been lost as a result of this form

of bullying. This day was evoked

in light of the recent deaths of

Tyler Clementi, Raymond Chase,

Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Justin

Aeberg, and Billy Lucas; and

extends to those whose stories

remain untold in both the past

and present.



Carolyn Solomon, of Sudbury,

Ontario has joined the Board of

Directors of the Canadian

Resource Centre for Victims of

Crime. Carolyn is the mother of a

murder victim and is actively

involved in helping to improve

the corrections and parole system

in Canada. We are very pleased

to welcome her!



wondering why? Jessica never did anything to anyone. …

I have heard that people should be forgiven for their

sins … but I can honestly say I hate Russell Williams. … I

am a broken woman," she said, noting that she now

takes anti-depressants and sleeping pills. "There’s no

punishment that can make this better.”

The family of Corporal Marie-France Comeau did not

deliver impact statements, however their loss was

addressed by Crown attorney Lee Burgess.

The Department of National Defence has announced

that they may try to sue to lessen Williams’ generous

military pension.




On October 7, 2010, the Honourable Rob Nicholson,

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada,

announced funding for the creation and enhancement of

Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) across Canada to help

better serve young victims and witnesses of crime.

CACs aim is to minimize the trauma of being a child

victim of crime. They consist of a collaborative team of

professionals who work in a child-friendly setting to help

a child victim or witness navigate the criminal justice

system. The work of the CAC staff greatly reduces the

emotional and mental harm to the child and their

approach often improves the quality of evidence

brought forward in trials.

The federal government announced that CACs are to

receive 5.25 million dollars in funding over 5 years from

the Victims Fund at the Department of Justice.

Provincial/territorial victim services, non-governmental

organizations or existing child advocacy centers may

apply for funding to establish a child advocacy centre in

their jurisdiction or expand the services for an existing


The Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime

strongly supports this announcement. We wrote to the

Minister to congratulate the government, as well as to

highlight the need for similar funding for NGOs who

serve and support adult victims of crime in Canada.



National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (NVCAW) will

The Canadian Resource Centre for

Victims of Crime recently

completed an eight-month long

review and update to our guide

to the criminal justice system

which is directly informed by

victims and survivors. The Guide

is intended to help demystify

the criminal justice process for

other Canadian victims of

crime and be of use to service

providers. The newly titled

“Navigating the Criminal Justice

System, A Guide for Victims”

is available at:


We are seeking FEEDBACK about

the content of the Guide and

invite victims/survivors and

professionals working in the

field to complete a short

evaluation form. Please visit:




The Canadian Resource Center for

Victims of Crime (CRCVC) is very

pleased to announce that we will

be partnering with Victim

Assistance Online (VAonline.org)

to create the Canadian

Clearinghouse on Cyberstalking.

This will be a web-based

information resource for

professionals and the public. The

target service population of this

project will be adult victims of

criminal cyberstalking. As

cyberstalking can be an

international crime, this network

will include organizations and

agencies across the globe. Startup

funding is being provided

through the Canadian Department

of Justice -- Victims Fund.

e held from April 10 th to 16 th 2011. The theme: Many Voices, Many Paths illustrates the unique

nature of each individual victim’s experiences, reactions and circumstances. The main goal of

the NVCAW is to raise awareness of the issues victims of crime have and the services/supports

available to them. The week also acknowledges the dedication of all victim service providers

and the work they conduct.

Large and small communities across Canada are invited to organize events to recognize the

NVCAW. The Department of Justice Canada is offering funding of up to 10,000 dollars per

project. Examples of projects include: workshops or information sessions, barbeques or

community walks for awareness, training events for justice system professionals or media

advertisements which promote NVCAW and provide information on victim services. The

deadline to apply for funding for NVCAW 2011 is November 1 st . For more information e-mail:




In late September, Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council offered a ‘new’ solution to counter

the problem of crime in the city. The solution offers a projected 50% cut in crime rates in a

matter of 10 years. It is not a ‘tough on crime’ approach but a simple budgetary reinvestment.

The reinvestment involves allocating funds taken from frontline police and corrections and

putting that money into programs and agencies which provide assistance to high-risk youth

before they end up in a life of crime.

Professor Irvin Waller from the University of Ottawa was present at the launch to shed light on

the impacts of Thunder Bay’s ‘new’ solution to counter crime. Waller stated, “instead of

dumping money into providing more police officers on the street, (it is used for) tackling social

issues like drug and alcohol abuse, providing parenting programs to stabilize families,

encouraging teens to stay in school, anger management programs and anti-bullying programs.

They are feeding money into bringing social agencies together with government and the legal

system which is a more effective crime prevention tool.”

Waller has suggested that an audit should take place once the Crime Prevention Council’s

‘new’ solution is well underway. This audit is recommended to consist of an overview of where

crime is taking place, who is committing the crimes, when it’s happening, and to provide the

base to understand where best to direct resources. Thunder Bay Police Insp. Andy Hay furthers

Waller’s discussion by saying, “we need to prevent the crime from happening, as opposed to

just responding to it. We can respond to it all we want, but until we get at the root causes of

crime, it’s going to keep occurring.”

The Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime supports Thunder Bay’s crime prevention

initiative and would like to see all major cities across Canada taking a similar type of crime

prevention approach.



An anaesthesiologist of Toronto’s North York General Hospital, Dr. George Doodnaught, has

been charged with 29 counts of sexual assault. The alleged assaults took place between 1992

and 2010. Police believe that the assaults occurred while the women were under anaesthesia

and undergoing surgical procedures in hospital. Twenty-eight of the 29 assaults allegedly took

place in North York General Hospital.

Doognaught worked at North York General Hospital for 28 years, and Dr. David White, Chief of

Staff at North York General Hospital, has assured that this is “an extremely unusual situation."

Doodnaught’s hospital privileges have been revoked since the beginning of police investigation

in March of 2010.



On October 4, 2010 dozens of demonstrators gathered at City Hall to protest plans to build a

women’s group home in the south-end of Ottawa. Interval House is looking to build a 30 bed

facility off Albion road mid-October 2010. The 3 million dollar facility is expected to have

room for 10 women and 20 children.

Protestors say their not against the construction of the shelter, but are opposed to its size.

Resident Brett Pollock states, “we're not talking about a little house here with some women in

it. We're talking about a facility with lights, cameras, dumpsters, commercial vehicles coming

in and doing deliveries. I mean, that's what's coming in here, not a nice little house.”

Construction of the shelter will proceed as planned, despite the opposition. Women

inhabitants of Interval House shelters cannot understand why communities are against their

presence. Karen MacInnis, the executive director of Interval House said, “I've been in this from

the very beginning, before we had even started shelters, and I had hoped we had come farther

than this by now.” It is unsettling to the CRCVC to learn that a community fears a much

needed shelter for women and children.



Peer support meetings for Canadian Parents of Murdered Children and Survivors of Homicide

Victims Inc. (CPOMC) shall be held on the first Monday of every month commencing Monday,

November 1, 2010, in Ottawa, Ontario. The meetings will take place from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm,

in Room A1 at the Kanata Baptist Church, 465 Hazeldean Road Kanata.

Support meetings are open to all who have been bereaved by the loss of a loved one through

the awful act of murder. Family and friends of homicide victims or anyone who feels directly

affected by homicide are welcome to go and participate and speak out in a safe, confidential,

compassionate and understanding environment. However, the support meetings are currently

only for adult survivors of homicide (18 years of age or older), as the nature and subject matter

of the meetings is not suitable for children. CPOMC is working on developing an appropriate

youth support program to meet the needs of children homicide survivors. A certified facilitator

will be in attendance to help guide the meeting process.

CPOMC thanks the Department of Justice Canada – Victim’s Fund, for providing the funds for

the hosting of the monthly peer support meetings. If you have any further questions in regards

to the support meetings you can e-mail: cpomc@bell.net.



The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), National Victims Program (NVSP) has been working

on strategies to advance how they provide information to their key audience, victims of crime.

They have created greater access to information through their Victim Services websites,

increased access to dedicated victim services providers in all Canadian regions for registered

victims of crime, and outreach initiatives for greater collaboration with organizations providing

direct access to victims.

CSC has recently posted their findings from the Evaluation of the National Victims Services

Program. The evaluation team found that the majority of the victims who participated in the

questionnaire were satisfied with the quality of services, accessibility to services, clarity of

information provided and timeliness of sharing information. It was also found that outreach

methods and communication measures to facilitate information sharing needed to be enhanced

in order to reach a growing diverse population.

CRCVC looks forward to our continued work with CSC Victim Services to ensure the information

needs of victims across Canada are met.

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