The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is an independent advisory agency that provides advice to the Attorney General of Ontario on victims’ issues, including:
- Ways to ensure the principles set out in the Act Respecting Victims of Crime – Victims’ Bill of Rights, 1995 (Victims’ Bill of Rights) are respected;
- The development, implementation and maintenance of provincial standards for services for victims of crime;
- The use of the Victims’ Justice Fund to provide and improve services for victims of crime;
- Research and education on the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system and ways to prevent further victimization; and
- Matters of legislation and policy on the treatment of victims of crime and on the prevention of further victimization.
In order to enhance its advisory capacity on a complex array of victims’ issues, and stay informed of emerging trends relating to victims of crime in Ontario, the OVC engages and consults with a range of stakeholders including government, community groups, academics, and most importantly, victims of crime.
The principles of the Victims’ Bill of Rights and consideration of the needs of victims of crime are inherent in Ontario’s public policy, law-making processes, and services.
The OVC’s work is guided by compassion, courtesy, and respect for all victims of crime, recognizing that effectively addressing the diverse needs of victims of crime contributes to healthier communities.
To promote the principles set out in the Victims’ Bill of Rights and provide a victims’ lens to Ontario’s public policy initiatives impacting victims of crime.
The OVC does not provide direct services to victims of crime. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of crime and needs help or has questions, call the Victim Support Line (VSL) toll-free at 1-888-579-2888, or in the Greater Toronto Area at (416) 314-2447.
DISCLAIMER: The OVC is independent of the Ministry of the Attorney General and the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Ministry.