Victims of Crime Research Digest No. 12

Introduction

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019 will run from May 26, 2019 to June 1, 2019. The theme this year is “The Power of Collaboration.” This theme runs through all the research that we are showcasing in this year’s Research Digest. Collaboration is key to effective responses to victims’ needs and to ensuring that they participate and are protected at all stages of the criminal justice system.

The first article is by McGill University law professor Marie Manikis. She reviews recent case law on victim impact statements and on community impact statements. Natacha Bourgon’s article follows, describing the findings on the use of restorative justice from a 2018 survey of criminal justice professionals. In the third article, Susan McDonald examines access to justice for victims and describes the national legal problems survey currently being developed, and what data it might collect. Shanna Hickey then documents the results of a short survey of participants attending a symposium on testimonial aids in March 2018. In Issue No. 12, we have also included a catalogue of all the articles included in the past Digests, Nos. 1–12. Readers have asked for this in the past and we hope that they find it a useful resource. Conferences in 2019 related to victims of crime are also listed as usual.

As always, we welcome your feedback.

Susan McDonald
Principal Researcher 
Research and Statistics Division

Jocelyn Sigouin
Acting Director
Policy Centre for Victim Issues