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Financial Assistance For Victims Of Violent Crime In Ontario


  1. Introduction
  2. Victims of Violent Crime
    1. Impacts of violent crime
    2. Needs of victims of violent crime
    3. Police and crime victims
  3. Legislative Principles
    1. United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
    2. Canadian Statement of Basic Principles for Victims of Crime
    3. Ontario Victims' Bill of Rights, 1995
  4. Current Financial Assistance Programs
    1. Policy rationales for financial assistance
    2. Role of the federal government
    3. Provincial financial assistance programs
    4. Operation of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
    5. Ombudsman's Report
    6. Victim Quick Response Program
    7. Other financial remedies
      1. Civil litigation
      2. Civil Remedies Act, 2001
      3. Restitution
  5. Non-Financial Victim Services and Programs
    1. Overview of Ministry of the Attorney General's victim services and programs
    2. Renaming the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat as the Victim Service Division
    3. VCARS agencies
    4. Victims' Justice Fund
    5. Office for Victims of Crime
    6. Victim-centred approach
  6. Recommendations
    • Recommendation 1: Continued Financial Assistance for Victims of Violent Crime
      1. Victim Quick Response Program as model for early financial assistance
      2. Financial assistance hearings
        1. Written hearings
        2. Catastrophic injuries
        3. Eligible expenses
        4. Pain and suffering
        5. Emotional harm
        6. Pattern of abuse
        7. Adjudicators to deliver decisions within 45 days
        8. Applications not to await outcome of criminal proceedings
        9. Benefit of the doubt to the victim
        10. Offenders and alleged offenders not to participate in the hearing
        11. Board decisions
        12. Amount of financial assistance
    • Recommendation 2: Victim Advocate
    • Recommendation 3: Individual Victim Assistance
    • Recommendation 4: Single Application Form and Administrative Organization
    • Recommendation 5: Police
      1. Notifying victims of services and programs
      2. Information sharing on a timely basis
    • Recommendation 6: Performance Measures
    • Recommendation 7: Annual Victim Services and Programs Report
    • Recommendation 8: Regular Review of Needs and Services
  7. Conclusion