On October 28th and 29th, I got to travel to India to speak at the 6th International Conference on Victims Assistance (for more information on the conference, visit http://www.jgu.edu.in/JGU/CMS/Issue8/JIBS-Victim-assistance).
The conference was hosted by the wonderful O.P. Jindal Global University’s Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in association with World Society of Victimology (WSV) and Indian Society of Victimology (ISV). The focus of the conference this year was “Evolving Perspectives on Victimology”. The conference was over two days and was attended by over 300 academics and service providers from around the world.
On behalf of the CCGSD and University of Ottawa, I was able to present on Victims Rights: Enhancing Criminal Law Responses and Rebalancing Justice to Better Meet the Needs of Victims of Crime in Canada Ultimately, our talk addressed the political landscape of sexual assault victimization in Canada. Particularly, the lack of adequate laws and supports for all victims of sexual assault and partner violence in Canada.
Among the speakers was Michael O’Connell (my personal favourite and victimology idol), the Commissioner for Victims Rights in South Australia- the first position of its kind in the world! If you haven’t already heard of the great things they’re doing for victims down under, it’s worth checking out here: http://www.voc.sa.gov.au/
The conference allowed me to share the current state of victims rights in Canada, while also learning more about the way other countries are addressing these issues. As part of the world society of victimology, these conferences are always a great way to ensure that I am staying up to date on victim assistance strategies so that we can continue to advocate for better supports and stronger rights for victims in Canada.
I am always honoured to participate and feel fortunate to have a platform that allows my voice to be heard.
Learn more about our IPV Prevention program here: ccgsd-ccdgs.org/prevention
– Shannon, IPV Prevention Coordinator