It's important for victims of crime to understand their rights and the supports that are in place to assist them in the aftermath.
A victim of crime is anyone who is harmed by a crime - someone whose bike was stolen from outside a store, someone who was injured by a drunk driver or someone who has been assaulted. The harm can be physical, emotional or financial.
Victims of Crime may have some concerns about becoming involved in the criminal justice system. This section provides information that can help address some of these concerns.
For many victims of crime ensuring their own personal safety may be their most pressing concern. Legal responses to some common concerns are covered in this segment.
Taking steps to take care of yourself doesn't need to be complicated, but recognizing common reactions to trauma and finding ways to deal with it is important.
Victims of crime may be able to ask for financial compensation for some losses they have suffered as the result of a crime.
This segment provides information about what you can expect when you decide to report a crime to the police.
This segment includes information to help understand the charging process.
A person charged with a crime may be released back into the community until their case is dealt with. The safety of victims and the public is one consideration.
This segment discusses when criminal offences can be dealt with outside of court and a victim's role in the process.
When a person accused of a crime pleads not guilty a trial must be held to determine the matter. Victims have an important role to play in the trial process.
PLEA can provide you with information to help you understand many legal matters you, a family member or friend may be facing.