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As of mid-January 2016 all amendments to the program have been approved in accordance with the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and this project is in the final stages. Any future changes will always be reflected on the website link.
CSC reporting on Ombudsman’s position on victim rights
Improving Justice for Victims
“The system needs to be more flexible and adaptable in terms of particularly with people that participate, for example, vulnerable victims such as children, older persons, persons with disabilities.”
One of the reports also suggests putting victims at the centre of the debate over proposed plea bargains by allowing the court to hear from them before a guilty plea is made “in order to have the opportunity to have their views heard and considered.” The report notes variations of this kind of law exist in Colorado and California. The ombudsman also advocated for having victims make submissions to the court when a decision might affect their safety, such as in a bail hearing.
The Bow Valley Victim Services Association, in conjunction with the Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association is undertaking a very exciting project – asking victims of crime and trauma across Alberta if the services we provided were of help and met their needs.
But for this project to succeed, we need your help. We are therefore inviting you to complete this voluntary and anonymous questionnaire if you have ever received assistance from a police-based victim service program in Alberta. This questionnaire is accessible via Survey Monkey at – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BVVS_VictimNeeds
Once complete, the results from this study will help all police-based victim service programs better understand the services we provide, which in turn will assist others who have experienced crime or a traumatic event.