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Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

Ensures that the federal government meets its responsibilities to victims of crime by addressing complaints of victims, providing information and referrals to victims and promoting awareness of the needs of victims and systemic issues.

Record #: OCR0940 Last Full Update: 21 Feb 2014
Description and Services
DescriptionThe mandate of the Ontario Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) relates exclusively to matters of federal responsibility and includes:  
* Facilitating access of victims to existing federal programs and services by providing them with information and referrals 
* Addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision and providing an independent resource for those victims 
* Enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims and the applicable laws that benefit victims of crime, including to promote the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime 
* Identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime 
 
If you are a victim of crime, the OFOVC can: 
* Answer your questions about your rights as a victim 
* Give you information about the services and programs available to you through the federal government 
* Receive and review your complaints about other federal government departments, agencies or policies 
* Refer you to programs and services in your city or province that may be able to help you 
* Make recommendations to the federal government on how to change its policies or laws to better suit the needs and concerns of victims, and to report on those recommendations publicly
HoursMon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
DatesYear-round
Areas ServedCanada
EligibilityNo restrictions 
 
You are considered a victim of crime if: 
* You have been harmed or suffered physical or emotional damage as a result of someone committing a criminal offense. 
* You are a spouse, conjugal partner, relative of, dependent of or are responsible for a victim who has died or is not able to act for himself or herself (e.g., the victim is ill or is a child).
Languages of ServiceEnglish ; French
FeesNone
Contact Information
Office PhoneToll-free 1-866-481-8429
TDD/TTY PhoneToll free 1-877-644-8385
E-mailvictimsfirst@ombudsman.gc.ca
Websitewww.victimsfirst.gc.ca
Primary ExecutiveSue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
Location & Accessibility
Located In CommunityCity of Ottawa
Mailing AddressPO Box 55037 
240 Sparks St 
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1
Other Details
EstablishedMarch 2007
FundingFederal
Print MaterialGiving Victims a Voice (description of the OFOVC and how it can help victims) *  
Every Image, Every Child (Special Report on Internet Facilitated Child Sexual Abuse in Canada) 
Towards a Greater Respect for Victims in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act 
Shifting the Conversation: A look at refocusing Canada's justice system to better meet the needs of victims of crime 
Moving the Conversation Forward: A forum for victims, victim advocates and victim-serving agencies 
 
Annual Report(s)
ResourcesWebsite
AccreditationNo