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Victim Surcharge

| Department of Justice Canada | backgrounders

A victim surcharge is an additional penalty imposed on convicted offenders at the time of sentencing.


Federal Victims Strategy and Victims Fund

| Department of Justice Canada | backgrounders

Since 2007, when the Government announced the Federal Victims Strategy, more than $90 million has been committed to respond to the needs of victims of crime. Most recently, in Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government committed an additional $5 million over five years for new or enhanced Child Advocacy Centres, bringing the total federal Government commitment to Child Advocacy Centres to $10.25 million.


Safe Streets and Communities Act: Better Protection for Children and Youth from Sexual Predators

| Department of Justice Canada | backgrounders

As part of its commitment to help ensure the safety and security of Canadians, the Government has implemented reforms to the Criminal Code designed to better protect children from sexual predators. Recognizing that children are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation, the Government committed to take action to better protect children from sexual offenders in the June 2011 Speech from the Throne.


Child Advocacy Centres

| Department of Justice Canada | backgrounders

A Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) adopts a seamless, coordinated and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of child and youth victims of crime. A CAC seeks to minimize system-induced trauma by providing a child-friendly setting for a young victim or witness and his or her family.


Child Advocacy Centres

| Department of Justice Canada | backgrounders

Child Advocacy Centres (CAC) adopt a seamless, coordinated and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of child and youth victims of crime. CACs seek to minimize system-induced trauma by providing a child-friendly setting for a young victim or witness and his or her family.


Federal Victims Strategy and Victims Fund

| Department of Justice Canada | backgrounders

In 2007, the Government announced the Federal Victims Strategy and committed $52 million over four years to respond to the needs of victims of crime.


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