CSC’s National Victim Services Program can provide victims of federal offenders with certain information about the offender who harmed them.
Victims Need to Request Information from CSC
CSC does not automatically inform victims about the offender who harmed them. Information is only provided if a victim asks for it.
To receive information about an offender, a victim must complete and sign an Application to Receive Information as a Victim form. The completed form can be sent to CSC or the Parole Board of Canada. Victims can receive the information directly from CSC or authorize someone else (in writing) to act as their representative.
Victim Services Officers across Canada can assist with the application process. To speak to a Victim Services Officer, please contact us toll-free at 1-866-806-2275 or by email. We will be happy to assist you.
Victims may hesitate to contact CSC for information for the following reasons:
- They fear the offender may find out that they have made inquiries.
- They may not wish to create tension in their families.
- They fear that receiving information may compromise their safety plan.
- They do not understand how registering might be beneficial to them.
- They feel overwhelmed by the prospect of describing the harm they have suffered.
Benefits of Registration
Victims find many benefits by registering to receive information about the offender. They can:
- apply for funds to attend Parole Board of Canada hearings.
- verify information that they get from the offender (if they are in contact with him or her).
- get “the other side” of what is happening with the correctional plan and release protocol.
- address the needs and the rights of child victims by registering as an agent to receive information on behalf of the child.
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