On behalf of Ontario’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), I am pleased to announce the launch of our re-designed website and welcome you to explore its updated content. We have sought to populate the site with current and relevant information, frequently asked questions, and our publications in order to ensure that it is of value to victims of crime, the dedicated and diverse people who provide support to victims across the province, and others who have an interest in victims’ issues.
The OVC is legislatively mandated under Ontario’s Victims’ Bill of Rights (1995). We are an independent advisory agency to the Attorney General of Ontario and provide comprehensive and victim-centred advice on public policy initiatives impacting victims of crime across the province. Our work is informed by the expertise and experience of our Board Members who have personal experiences of victimization, and/or extensive professional backgrounds in front-line, legal, and policy work relating to victims of crime. These perspectives are further enhanced by ongoing engagement with people who have been harmed by crime, as well as other stakeholders with insight on victims’ issues.
We hope this site will serve as a valuable resource for those seeking information and that it will provide an opportunity for engagement with victims, stakeholders and other members of the public who have expertise or interest in victims’ issues. We welcome input from victims and other stakeholders and encourage all to contact us to share information regarding issues related to victims of crime. In addition, from time to time, we seek input on specific matters to inform our work on particular projects. We also invite you to engage with us on Twitter to receive timely updates and announcements from the OVC as well as to share feedback. This will contribute to our work to ensure that public policy initiatives reflect the spirit and intent of the Victims’ Bill of Rights.
Chair,Office for Victims of Crime