Victims and Survivors Survey to inform the regulatory development in support of the Declaration of Victims Rights

May 17, 2021 - Defence Stories

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For more information, visit Victims and Survivors of Service Offences.

The Declaration of Victims’ Rights Online Survey launched on May 14, gives victims and survivors of service offences an opportunity to influence the implementation of the Declaration of Victims Rights.

The survey, administered by the Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis, is anonymous and will take approximately 15-to-30 minutes to complete. Taking part in the survey is entirely voluntary. Participation can be withdrawn at any time, and respondents can choose whether or not to submit their responses.

More information on the survey is available on the Victims and Survivors of Service Offences web page. This page serves as a central resource for existing policies within the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

The survey is one of the mechanisms being used by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to collect the views of victims and survivors of service offences. Consultations with federal partners, as well as individual meetings with various victims groups will inform the implementation of victims’ rights within the military justice system.

The survey will be online until June 28, 2021, 1159 PST.

Questions can be directed to the regulatory policy development team at MJPolEngagement-EngagementJMPol@forces.gc.ca.

Bill C-77

Bill C-77, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make Related and Consequential Amendments to Other Acts, will amend the National Defence Act to strengthen the military justice system to better align with modern Canadian law. When enacted, the Declaration of Victims Rights will enshrine rights for victims of service offences and will demonstrate that the military justice system continues to evolve and remains aligned with the civilian criminal justice system.

For more information about Bill C-77, click here.

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