Statement by the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch on the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

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National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2014 is taking place from April 6-12. The goal of this awareness week is to raise awareness about issues facing victims of crime, and to promote services, programs, and laws that are in place to help victims and their families.

“Protecting victims has always been a key priority for our government. I encourage all Canadians to participate in Victims Week, and ensure that we are all playing our part in helping those affected by crime.

Victims Week is following the historic introduction of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, which has brought concrete action that legislates rights for victims of crime for the first time in Canadian history.

Our Government will continue to ensure that that the voices of victims of crime are given a more effective voice at every stage of the criminal justice process, from arrest to criminal trial, to the incarceration and conditional release of the offender that harmed them. Our Government will continue to build on this momentum to make meaningful change for victims of crime in Canada.

Our Government will continue to ensure our communities are safe by focusing on holding violent offenders accountable, enhancing the rights of victims, and increasing the efficiency of our justice system.

I encourage all Canadians to participate in the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2014, and I want to personally thank all those organizations and people who work hard to meet the needs of victims across the country.”

Government funded Victims Week programs are being provided across Canada. You can participate by accessing the interactive map of all events at http://www.victimsweek.gc.ca/map-carte/events-evene.aspx

For more information on the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights go to: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/04/03/overview-canadian-victims-bill-rights

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