Supporting Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) has been working on a research project to explore available tools and best practices for working with victims of crime and witnesses who have capability issues. Strong policies are necessary to support Crown Counsel in prosecuting cases involving elder abuse- but also to support victims of such crimes. It is important that policies also inform police and victim service workers in dealing with this population to achieve consistent response and inter-agency cooperation and collaboration when prosecuting a criminal offence involving an adult with capability issues.
While this project focuses on prosecution policies in British Columbia, some of the concepts explored in this webinar will be of interest to residents from other parts of Canada, particularly if they are victim service workers, court staff or police.
Megan Vis-Dunbar, CCEL Staff lawyer
Hosted by Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario in partnership with the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law.
Resources from Webinar
Handout: Supporting Vulnerable Witnesses Presentation
Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law
Trauma Informed Toolkit for Legal Professionals
Learn more about the Supporting Vulnerable Witnesses project
Crown Counsel Policy Manual