On July 23, 2015, the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights Act came into force. The Act provides victims of crime with statutory rights to information, protection, participation, restitution and a complaint process that gives them a voice in the criminal justice system. The Bill defines a victim of crime as any individual, their relatives, spouse or dependant, who has suffered physical or emotional harm, property damage, or economic loss as a result of a criminal offence and certain other acts.
Although the Bill provides rights, victims may have difficulty understanding complex procedures, accessing information, or self-advocating. Fathom’s victim advocacy service supports victims by educating, facilitating access, and navigating complex or bureaucratic procedures on the victim’s behalf.
Our victims’ rights services
Fathom Research Group is a professional investigative agency with expertise in investigative protocol, file management and disclosure. Our investigators have extensive experience in criminal investigations and are able to audit and review the progress of the file. In partnership with Vancouver-based criminal law firm, Johnson Doyle and Sugarman, Fathom Research Group will act on behalf of the victim by:
- Educating victims on their rights pursuant to the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights
- Applying on the victims behalf for access to information
- Reviewing/auditing investigative disclosure, updates and status of an investigation/prosecution
- Ensuring the victim’s right to protection
- Ensuring the victim’s right to information and participation throughout the criminal justice system
- Assisting in seeking restitution
- Filing a complaint and follow up on behalf of the victim
- Providing any further representation as required
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights Overview
A victim can now exercise their rights while an offence is being investigated, prosecuted and throughout the process where an offender is subject to criminal justice, corrections or conditional release processes. For cases in which an accused has been found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible due to mental disorder, the victim can exercise their rights while the accused is subject to the jurisdiction of a court or Review Board. The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights supersedes all other federal Acts. Where inconsistencies arise between the Canadian Bill of Rights, the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Official Languages Act, the Access to Information Act, or the Privacy Act, the rights under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights will be balanced with these other quasi-constitutional statutes.
Victims of crime
Criminal victimization has far reaching negative consequences on individuals, their families, and society at large. No one expects to be a victim of crime and there are many resource centers that exist offering counseling and therapy, but mostly a victim wants answers, accountability and justice. It can be a daunting task to understand and properly assess a criminal investigation and prosecution. In serious matters, it is best left to professionals.
Read more about the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.