On Thursday, Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Justice, and Parliamentary Secretary Shelly Glover, announced that the Harper Government will invest in establishing and upgrading Child Advocacy Centres across Canada to provide better support for young victims and witnesses of Crime.
The criminal justice system can be difficult to navigate for all Canadians. But, for children and youth who have suffered through abuse, or who have witnessed a crime, navigating this system is not only challenging, it can be both mentally and emotionally harmful.
Under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is standing up for law-abiding Canadians and victims of crime. Since elected to office in 2006, we’ve cracked down on crime with our landmark Tackling Violent Crime Act. We’ve provided real support for victims who need it through our Federal Victims Strategy – our Government’s $52 million plan to respond to the needs of victims. And now we are taking action for our must vulnerable victims of crime – our children.
Our Child Advocacy Centres will be a strong support system for young victims and witnesses of crime – making it easier for children’s voices to be heard throughout our criminal justice system. They will help reduce trauma so that young victims and witnesses feel comfortable and are better equipped to provide strong evidence that can lead to more convictions and appropriate sentences.
Our Conservative Government remains committed to helping ensure that victims – not criminals – have a stronger voice in the criminal justice system.