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Rights of victims


Includes rights of victims of a crime.

What the clients may say:
  • "I’m the victim of a violent crime and I need help understanding the court process."
  • "I’m the victim of a violent crime and I need help paying for a new door lock."
  • "I don’t want my offenders to contact my family or me once they get out of prison."
  • "I’m the victim of a violent crime and I want to know if I’m entitled to compensation."
  • "I want to tell the court how a violent crime has affected my family and me."

Legal Services

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Administers Compensation for Victims of Crime Act.  Payments may be awarded for pain and suffering, lost pay due to inability to work, loss of support for dependants as a result of the victim's death, support of a child born as a result of rape, medical expenses, funeral expenses, other related costs.  Part of Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.


Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate. In order to use JusticeNet, individuals must make a net family income that is no higher than $59,000 per year.

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

  • Provides legal advice & representation to low-income persons regarding tenant's rights, criminal charges, small claims court matters, custody and access issues, child support, and peace bonds & restraining orders;
  • Assists victims of crime with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board;
  • Conducts legal education presentations & outreach activities. 

Other Services

Assaulted Women's Help Line

Provides confidential and anonymous telephone crisis counselling, information and support, referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services, safety planning, and culturally appropriate resources for abused women, 24/7.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Assists victims & survivors by providing information & referral services, assisting with post-trial agencies (Correctional Services, Parole Board hearings), accessing financial benefits & compensation, and offering long-term emotional support.

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.

Fem'Aide [1-877-336-2433]

Offers French-speaking women who have experienced gender-based violence, support, information & referral to appropriate front-line services within their communities, 24/7.

Fetal Alcohol Resource Program

The Fetal Alcohol Resource Program aims to support the large numbers of people affected by this permanent brain injury. Through education and community leadership development the program draws together resources, skills and knowledge that exists in Ottawa and provides community navigation for individuals affected by FASD and their families.

Ontario Civilian Police Commission

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) is an independent oversight agency tasked with ensuring that adequate and effective policing services are provided in a fair and accountable manner under the Ontario Police Services Act and hears law enforcement complaints.

Ottawa Victim Services

Provides support for individuals who have been victimized as a result of crime or tragic circumstance, via telephone, on-scene and in their victim services office.

Victim Quick Response Program

The Victim Quick Response Program (Ministry of the Attorney General) provides financial assistance to victims of crime in the immediate aftermath of a serious crime.

Victim Support Line

The Victim Support Line (Ministry of the Attorney General) provides information and referrals to victims of crime in 13 languages.

Steps to Justice