The Rights and Recourses of Victims of Crime is a series of guides created by the Association québécoise Plaidoyer-Victimes. It is intended to assist victims of crime, and their family members or close friends, in dealing with the justice system and with organisations working to protect and compensate victims. The guides are written in a clear and accessible language and contain information to help victims of crime understand what they should expect and how to exercise their rights and recourses. The guides are based on the questions most frequently asked by victims, and provide relevant answers, practical advice, information checklists and helpful references to help victims of crime move forward with their lives.

For Whom Are these Guides Intended?

All the guides are intended to assist victims of crime and their family members or close friends. The guides will also be useful to support workers and volunteers at organisations offering support and assistance to victims, as well as to other professionals working in the justice, public safety, education, health, social services, and community sectors.

Topics Addressed by the Series

The series contains guides on the following topics:

» Navigating Your Way Through the Justice System
» When the Offender Is an Adolescent
» When the Victim Is a New Immigrant or a Person With Precarious Status
» When the Victim Is a Minor


This guide was created to help victims understand how the criminal justice system works, to help them navigate the process and inform them about exercising their rights and recourses. It explains the victim’s involvement throughout the various stages of the legal process, from calling the police to the enforcement of the sentence. It also explains some basic concepts of criminal law that will enable them to follow their case as it works its way through the criminal justice system.

The Guide Offers:

» More than 200 questions-answers
» More than 80 practical tips, notes and information boxes 
» More than 100 references to helpful resources

 

You Will Find:

» Basic information on the different courts.
» Explanations on each step of the judicial process.
» Concrete information on how to prepare a testimony before the court.
» Information on possible recourses if the victim wants to make a complaint or contest a decision.

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*** Legislative amendments and other provisions that came into force after the publication of the second edition of the guide "Navigating Your Way Through the Justice System" in April 2017 are gathered in a document that you can consult by clicking here.


The guide When the Offender Is an adolescent helps understand how the youth criminal justice system works, including its different stages. It provides information on the involvment of the victim within the justice system and the role of the different actors of the justice system: police services, Provincial Directors, alternative justice organisations, criminal and penal prosecuting attorneys, judges, crime victim assistance centres, etc.

The Guide Offers:

» More than 65 questions-answers
» More than 40 practical tips, notes and information boxes
» More than 75 references to helpful resources

 

You Will Find:

» Information on police intervention and extrajudicial measures.
» A description of the extrajudicial sanctions program.
» Concrete information on how to prepare a testimony before the court if the young offender is prosecuted.
» Information on possible recourses if the victim wants to make a complaint or contest a decision.

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To view the guide in browsable digital format, click here » *** Note that Adobe Flash Player 10.0.0 (or later version) is required in order to view it in this format.


“When the Victim Is a New Immigrant or a Person With Precarious Status” is intended to assist new immigrants or persons with precarious status, who are victims of crime in Québec, in understanding the criminal justice and immigration systems, to guide them in obtaining the help and compensation they need and to support them in exercising their rights and recourses.

The Guide Offers:

» More than 200 questions-answers
» More than 125 practical tips, notes and information boxes
» More than 120 references to helpful resources

 

 

You Will Find:

» Basic information on the criminal justice and immigration systems.
» Explanations on each step of the judicial process.
» Practical information on the different immigration statuses and recourses available to regularise a status in the context of criminal victimisation.
» Information on possible recourses if the victim wants to make a complaint or contest a decision.

To order the guide, click here »

To view the guide in browsable digital format, click here » *** Note that Adobe Flash Player 10.0.0 (or later version) is required in order to view it in this format.

*** Legislative amendments and other provisions that came into force after the publication of the guide "When the Victim Is a New Immigrant or a Person With Precarious Status" in April 2016 are gathered in a document that you can consult by clicking here.


“When the Victim Is a Minor” is aimed at family and friends of minors who are victims of crime. It is brimming with information and tips about the workings of both the adult and youth justice systems. A valuable reference on helping resources and the procedures for seeking compensation and exercising rights and recourses, this complete and practical guide provides all the information loved ones and professionals who are supporting minors need to help them confidently navigate both justice systems.

The Guide Offers:

» More than 220 questions-answers
» More than 140 practical tips, notes and information boxes
» More than 60 references to helpful resources

 

You Will Find:

» Information on the victimization of minors, obstacles to disclosure and reporting, and the impacts of crime.
» Basic information on the criminal justice system as it applies to adults and youth.
» Explanations on the stages of the criminal justice process for both young and adult offenders.
» Information on the rights and recourses available to minor victims in the criminal justice system.

To order the guide, click here »

 

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