A Victim Is


  1. A person whose rights have been violated by a criminal, violent, or agressive act.

  2. The family or a friend of a person injured or killed as a result of a crime or serious accident, collision, disaster, or tragic circumstance.

  3. Someone who has witnessed a violent or traumatic incident and is now traumatized.


Victims Can Experience


  • Shock or denial as a result of a crime or trauma that can last for weeks, months or even years.

  • Physical injury, financial loss, emotions such as anger, fright, guilt, confusion, and loneliness.

  • A change in sleep patterns.

Victims' Bill of Rights


The statement of principles requires that victims:


  1. Be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect for their personal dignity and privacy.

  2. Have access to information concerning services and remedies available to them.

  3. Have access to information about the progress of criminal investigations, prosecutions, sentencing, and interim release of offenders from custody.

  4. Be given the opportunity to be interviewed by police officers and officials of the same gender as the victim when that victim has been sexually assaulted.

  5. Be entitled to have their property returned as promptly as possible by justice system officials, where the property is no longer needed for the purposes of the justice system (for example, to carry out an investigation, trial or appeal).

  6. Have access to information about the conditional release of offenders from custody, including release on parole, temporary absense, or escape from custody.

  7. Have access to information about plea and pre-trial arrangements and their role in the prosecution.


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