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November 27, 2008

DVD outlines support for youth victims of crime

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A new DVD showing how youth victims of crime may be supported by the Department of Public Safety’s victim services division was released this week.

A collaboration between victim services and Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB), the video demonstrates how victim services co-ordinators are able to help teenagers deal with common concerns or fears about testifying in criminal court.

“This is an important new resource for victim service co-ordinators to assist teen victims and their families,” said John W. Foran, minister of public safety and solicitor general. “It is one of several initiatives underway as part of our celebration of 25 years of service delivery in New Brunswick.”

The video may also be useful to other service providers such as police, teachers, guidance counsellors and social workers in explaining the court process.

“Our victim services co-ordinators will be able to use the DVD to help provide teen victims with an overview of the support and services available through our victim services division,” said Foran. “This is a very positive step in helping young victims be supported and prepared for the court process.”

The video may be viewed on the PLEIS-NB website. Copies of the DVD will be made available to libraries and agencies across the province.

Financial contributions for the production of this DVD were provided by Justice Canada, Policy Centre for Victims Issues and the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, victim services.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the DVD, contact PLEIS-NB, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; telephone, 506-453-5369.