Desperate for information

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I was struck by the desperate need for information, for guidance, understanding and for support.

Talk at my own pace

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After victimization I really appreciated being allowed to talk at my own pace.

Services available to victims

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Ensuring that victims are aware of the services available to them is an important first step in helping to rebuild their lives.

Wishing it never happened

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I wish there was a way to rewind my life to the day before...

The strongest chain

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The strongest chain that kept me locked away was my silence. The only key to release the chain was my voice.

It could happen to you

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No one wants to think it could happen to them...

Available support

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You don't know what to do or where to turn but there are supports available.

About the OVC

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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is an independent advisory agency that provides advice to the Attorney General of Ontario on victims’ issues.

Provide your Input

Share your thoughts

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking input from victims of crime regarding their experience with supports and services in the aftermath of victimization. The OVC will be using this information to help inform the development of provincial training for victim-serving groups.

Publications for Victims

Have You Been a Victim of Crime? What’s Next…Information and Resources for Victims of Crime in Ontario:

Have You Been a Victim of Crime Handbook

This handbook is for victims of violent crime and the people who support them. It includes information about victims’ rights, places to go for help, and the criminal justice system. This practical information can help victims understand what to expect and how to access supports and services.

  • Who is a victim of crime
  • Do victims of crime have rights?
  • I am a victim of crime. Where can I get help?
  • What do you mean by “victim services”?
  • How do I contact victim services?
  • Are there special services for the kind of crime I have experienced?
  • What if the victim is a child?
  • What if I need emergency funds?
  • How do I apply for compensation?
  • Is there a deadline to apply?
  • What kinds of things can I get compensation for?
  • Do I need a lawyer?
  • Can I apply for compensation even if I didn’t report the crime to the police?
  • Who decides if I get compensation?
  • Are there other ways to get compensated for my losses?
  • The Police Investigation
  • Custody and Bail
  • Going to Court
  • Sentencing
  • Appeals
  • Release from prison
  • Parole Hearings
  • If the offender is a youth

Living Beyond the Murder of a Loved One: Information for Families and Others Affected by Homicide:

Living Beyond the Murder of a Loved One: Information for Families and Others Affected by Homicide

This handbook is intended to help families and others affected by homicide understand and navigate some of the processes they may encounter in the days, weeks, months, and years following their loved one’s death. It includes practical information about the criminal justice system and supports and services that are available.

  • Victim Services
  • Making the Identification
  • The Autopsy
  • Collecting the property of your loved one
  • Planning a funeral
  • If your home was the crime scene
  • Dealing with the media
  • The Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP)
  • Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims (FAFHV)
  • The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB)
  • Other ways of getting compensated for your losses
  • Other supports and services
  • The Police Investigation
  • Custody and Bail
  • The Preliminary Hearing
  • The Trial
  • Sentencing
  • Parole and other types of release from prison
  • If the offender is a youth
  • When the accused has a mental disorder
  • What is a coroner’s inquest?
  • In what circumstance is an inquest held?
  • Can I request a coroner’s inquest?
  • Who can participate in an inquest?
  • If I am granted standing at an inquest, will my costs be covered?
  • Will I have to testify at the inquest?
  • Can I get a copy of the jury verdict and recommendations?

Need Help?
Have Questions?

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Victim Support Line

1-888-579-2888
Toronto local area call
416-314-2447
Available 24 hours
7 days a week

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