As part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (NVCAW), the Harper Government today announced increased funding to the Victim’s Fund by $7 million over five years, $5 million of which will be directed to the creation and enhancement of Child Advocacy Centres across Canada.
More than 7.4 million Canadians were victims of crime in 2009 alone.
Our Government is committed to helping victims of crime move forward by providing them with the support and tools that they need.
Today the Harper Government announced increased funding to the Victim’s Fund by $7 million over five years, $5 million of which will be directed to the creation and enhancement of Child Advocacy Centres across Canada.
NVCAW builds on our Government’s strong track record of taking real action for victims of crime. For example;
To prevent further victimization, dangerous and violent criminals need to be targeted and taken off the streets of Canada’s communities. Our Government has worked toward this feat, while also increasing support for victims of crime.
Our Safe Streets and Communities Act was a promise to Canadians that we’ve delivered on. These new laws will increase penalties for sexual offences against children, impose tougher sentences for the production and trafficking of illicit drugs, and better protect Canadians from violent and repeat young offenders. Our Conservative Government can be counted on to put the safety of Canadians and their families first.
Our Government has listened to victims of crime and has responded by passing legislation that focuses on addressing the concerns of victims.
Along with increasing offender accountability, the Safe Streets and Communities Act guarantees victims can participate in parole hearings and allows victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators and supporters of terrorism.
Our Government is taking action through this legislation to ensure the voices of victims are heard and that further victimization is prevented. Our Government is committed to closing the revolving door to Canada’s justice system. Since 2006, we have not built a single new prison and we have no plans to build a new prison.
This Act protects Canadians by ensuring that the most serious, violent offenders are kept off our streets for a longer period of time.
The Safe Streets and Communities Act contains a number of measures to address concerns raised by victims of crime, including:
We will continue to fight crime and protect Canadians so that our communities are safe places for people to live, raise their families and do business.