Victims of Crime

Victim at <abbr>PBC</abbr> hearing

Under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), victims of crime are entitled to certain information about the offender who harmed them. This information is available, upon request, to the victim of a criminal offence or to a person who is the spouse, conjugal partner, relative or guardian of a victim who died as a result of an offence or a victim who is not able to act for him or herself. It is also possible for a person to receive information even though that offender was not prosecuted or convicted of the offence if he/she was harmed and an information was laid. [more]

Forms Fact Sheet Victims Fund Decision Registry Parole Board of Canada
Are you a victim of crime?
How does a victim receive information?
What information can a victim receive?
Can a victim receive more information?
This may include
Can a victim provide information to the PBC?
Can a victim participate in a parole hearing?
Can a victim get funding to attend a parole hearing?
Can a victim receive a copy of a PBC decision?
For more information on PBC victim services, or to register

The CCRA states that a victim, making a request for information, shall be provided with the offender's name, the offence and the location of the court that convicted the offender, the point at which the sentence began and when it will end, and the offender's eligibility dates for conditional release, as well as the reason why an offender waived a hearing and the reason for any Unescorted Temporary Absence (UTA).  A victim may receive additional information when, in the opinion of the Chairperson of the PBC (or his delegate), the victim's interest in the disclosure clearly outweighs any invasion of the offender's privacy resulting from the disclosure. Under this condition, the victim may also be told the offender's age, the location of the penitentiary where the offender is serving his/her sentence, the dates for any form of conditional release, the date of any PBC hearing, any of the conditions imposed on any release granted to the offender, the destination of the offender when released, whether the offender is in or out of custody, and any appeal of PBC decisions the offender makes.

Victims may also present a victim statement to Board members at a PBC hearing (in person or on audio/CD or videotape/DVD) about the continuing impact of the crime and any concerns they have for their safety or the safety of the community.

Information about the harm victims have suffered is important in cases where the PBC must decide whether to detain an offender in custody until the end of his/her sentence, and to assess the offender's release plans and the conditions required to manage a particular risk to society that the offender might present, especially if the offender will be near the victim or is a member of the victim's family.

For more information on victims and the PBC, please consult the links in the right-side menus. The following federal organizations also provide additional services to victims: