FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry in recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 28 to June 3:

Your government is proud to support Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, a national initiative through Justice Canada, dedicated to raising awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families. This year’s theme is Empowering Resilience.

Dedicated professionals and volunteers are taking action across Canada to better serve victims of crime every day. I am proud of the work undertaken by the Department of Justice and Public Safety in assisting victims and survivors of crime.

In the past year, we have supported the development of educational resources in partnership with the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick.

We also launched the Court Support Volunteer Pilot Program for Fredericton, Oromocto and Woodstock, as well as the Aboriginal Domestic Violence Outreach Pilot Program for three First Nations communities in the Miramichi region. Both pilot projects were made possible through the support of the federal Department of Justice’s Victims Fund, part of a five-year funding agreement to provide victims of crime in New Brunswick with increased access to services.

If you are a victim of crime, remember that you are not alone and that support is available. You can access resources by contacting one of our Victims Services offices or by visiting the website.