Public Safety / Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick

New publications offer support for youth victims of crime (09/11/12)

NB 1790

Nov. 12, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Two new publications will help youth victims of crime and their parents and guardians learn how to get through the criminal justice system.

A parent's guide to helping youth victims of crime and Tips for Teen Victims of Crime are aimed at educating people on everything from reporting crime and being supported, to preparing for court and knowing what to expect. They are a joint initiative between the Department of Public Safety's Victim Services division and Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB).

The publications were developed to go with "You are not alone," a DVD released in 2008 that demonstrates how victim services co-ordinators are able to help teenagers deal with common concerns or fears about testifying in criminal court.

"Being a victim of crime is traumatic, particularly for teens," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran. "By showing them what to expect through the entire process, we can help them be more prepared and, we hope, less anxious about the criminal justice process."

The video and publications may also be useful to other service providers, such as police, teachers, guidance counsellors and social workers, in explaining the court process. The video may be viewed on the PLEIS-NB website, and on the Victim Services website. Copies of the DVD and the publications have been made available to libraries and agencies across the province.

"Our victim services co-ordinators have been using the DVD to help provide teen victims with an overview of the support and services available to them, and these two publications will help even further," said Foran.

Financial contributions for the production of the DVD were provided by Justice Canada, Policy Centre for Victims Issues; and the Department of Public Safety, Victim Services.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the DVD or the publications, contact PLEIS-NB by mail at P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1, or by telephone at 506-453-5369.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Doherty, executive director, PLEIS-NB, 506-453-5369, pleisnb@web.ca.

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