Governing Legislation for Victims of Crime (4:II)
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by the Law Students' Legal Advice Program on August 7, 2020.|
1. Legislation and Regulations
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, SC 2015, c 13, s 2
Victims of Crime Act, RSBC 1996, c 478
Crime Victim Assistance Act, SBC 2001, c 38
Crime Victim Assistance (General) Regulation, BC Reg 161/2002
Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c C-46
Adult Guardianship Act, RSBC 1996, c 6
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, c 27
Family Law Act, SBC 2011, c 25
2. Policy Guidelines
Crime Victim Assistance Program
Provides financial assistance and benefits to victims of violent crimes, their immediate family members and some witnesses to offset the costs of the victimization and to promote their recovery from the physical and psychological effects of the offence.
Directory of Victim Service and Violence Against Women Programs in BC
A directory for violence against women and victim service programs across BC.
Victim Notification – Victim Safety Unit
The Victim Safety Unit provides information to victims when the accused or offender is supervised by BC Corrections. Some information may also be provided to persons named in a civil protection order. Victims may be provided with ongoing information about the status of an accused or an offender, including whether or not they are currently in provincial jail, when they may get out of provincial jail, what community they may be in and what conditions they accused or offender may have to follow.
Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch
As the provincial centre of responsibility for victims’ issues, human trafficking and crime prevention, the Division develops legislation and policies, provides training and delivers and funds programs that support victims, address human trafficking and provide a restorative justice response to crime.
VictimLink BC is available 24 hours, seven days a week and has information about and referrals to a number of support systems that are available to victims of crime.
Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
Provides assistance to adults who need support for financial and personal decision-making and administers estates of deceased persons if there is no one else to do it. They may also administer trust funds on behalf of minors. Service is available in 130 different languages.
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