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December 10, 2009

Victim Services production wins international award

 

A video showing how youth victims of crime may be supported by the Department of Public Safety's victim services division has won an international award. The Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) and the Department of Public Safety collaborated to create You are not alone – Be supported through difficult times. From left: Daphne Curtis of Atlantic MediaWorks, who directed the video; Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran; Stacey Brown of PLEIS-NB; Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Michael Murphy; and Tracey Ozark, Victim Services Program Support co-ordinator.

A video showing how youth victims of crime may be supported by the Department of Public Safety's victim services division has won an international award.

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) and the Department of Public Safety partnered to create You are not alone - Be supported through difficult times. The video and companion parent guide garnered an honourable mention at the 2009 Columbus International Film and Video Awards.

The video explains the services available to young people who have been the victim of a crime. It includes tips for reporting a crime to the police; preparing for court; and getting support to deal with the trauma of being a victim.

The Columbus International Film and Video Awards is the longest-running film festival in North America.

"We are very proud of this video, and we are happy that it is receiving international recognition," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "This is a great resource that our staff uses to help teen victims understand support and services available through our victim services program."

Financial contributions for the production of this DVD were provided by Justice Canada, Policy Centre for Victim 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.