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New Resources on Victims Bill of Rights Launched  

 

FREDERICTON (GNB) – New educational resources for survivors of crime are now available from the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB). The new publications were officially released today in conjunction with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 29-June 4.

“The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, which came into force less than a year ago, sets out the basic rights of victims and survivors of crime,” said Public Safety Minister Stephen Horsman. “These resources will serve

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 as important tools for survivors of crime and those who support them. This is another way we are working to build stronger, safer communities in New Brunswick and to support individuals and families during their most vulnerable times.”

Three new booklets were developed by PLEIS-NB in conjunction with the victim services branch of the Department of Public Safety as part of a series entitled Are You a Victim of Crime? The first booklet offers an overview of victims’ rights to information, participation, restitution and protection. The second explores victims’ rights to make a complaint when they feel their rights have been denied or violated at either the federal or provincial level. The third booklet provides information on a range of situations where victims of crime can expect to have or can request no-contact provisions or orders against an offender.

“Three new booklets, a poster and a quiz are now available to explain the rights of victims throughout the criminal justice system,” said PLEIS-NB executive director Deborah Doherty. “We want victims to learn about their rights as early on in the criminal justice process as possible.”

These resources can be accessed directly by victims online. They will also be available when victims come into contact with police, courts, victim services and other service providers who work to address the safety and concerns of victims and survivors of crime.

PLEIS-NB is non-profit organization that seeks to educate and inform the public about the law. It receives funding and in-kind support from Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation and the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General. More information about these publications is available online or by calling 506-453-5369.