To enhance the Canadian police community's capacity to respond effectively to the needs of victims of crime.
The goals of the CACP Victims of Crime Committee are:
- To enable dialogue, problem solving and innovation across Canada to address victims.
- To gather and promote effective practices.
- To focus national attention on the needs of victims.
- To promote systemic response to victims.
- To advocate for legislative changes to address the needs of victims.
Significant Accomplishments 2016/2017:
- Worked with Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT JUSTICE) to provide police training on victims of crime support and death notification
- Dissemination of the Victims’ Rights in Canada pamphlet
- Planned First Responders Suicide Awareness social media event with the HR Committee and Canadian Mental Health Association
- Explored best practices for reviewing unfounded sexual assault cases.
- Provided a letter of support for the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance Research to understand the impacts on families of individuals killed by impaired drivers.
Activities Planned 2017/2018:
- Providing input on policies, legislation, and regulatory changes that impact victims of crime;
- Further information gathering on victim services;
- Greater focus on needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis victims;
- Exploring best practices for victim support in major incidents