FREDERICTON (GNB) – Dealing with the effects of crime will be in the spotlight during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 22-28.

The week is promoted by the Department of Public Safety's Victim Services Branch in conjunction with Public Safety Canada and other jurisdictions throughout the country. This year's theme is Moving Forward.
 
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors said the week is a good reminder of how important it is to support crime victims.

"We know that recovery and healing must take place for victims to go on with their lives, so this year's theme is very fitting," Trevors said. "I am proud of the work done by our Victim Services staff to help people through this process."

Victim Services provides a range of support services to ensure that crime victims are informed of their rights and of the programs available to them. In 2010-11, 3,631 victims were referred to the department.

Services include; court preparation and support, accessing short-term and trauma counselling, assisting people to prepare a victim impact statement, providing compensation for eligible client and follow-up services after the court process has concluded. Similar services are available throughout Canada, with professionals and volunteers providing guidance and expertise to victims of crime.

LINKS:

●    New Brunswick Victim Services
●    Public Safety Canada: www.victimsweek.gc.ca