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Your Rights

As a victim of crime in British Columbia, you have certain legal rights. This section provides information to help you understand your rights. It guides you to other information and resources to help you learn more.

You did not choose to be a victim of crime. Knowing your rights can help support you through the criminal justice system.

The Victims of Crime Act

B.C.’s Victims of Crime Act sets out the rights of victims. It gives victims the right to:

  • be treated fairly and with respect by all workers in the criminal justice system;
  • receive information about:
    • your rights to privacy;
    • victim services available to you, including agencies and the support they offer;
    • financial benefits that may be available to you for criminal injury; and
    • how the criminal justice system works in British Columbia.

You may also be able to receive information about the:

  • status of police investigations for your case;
  • court dates and what happens at court; and
  • accused or offender while they are in the community and in custody

To learn more, including how to request this information, please visit: Victim Notification.

Information about the court case may be available through criminal court lists and Court Services Online (CSO). You can access CSO at public computer terminals in most courthouses. You can also call a victim service worker or the Victim Safety Unit of the Ministry of Justice for information.

More Information

For more information about your rights, we encourage you to read the booklet Your Rights If You Are a Victim of Crime. It is also located on the Victim Services and Crime Prevention, Ministry of Justice website in eight languages. You can pick it up at your local victim services office or obtain one by calling VictimLink BC.

If the offender is in a federal correctional centre, another good source of information about your rights is Victims of Crime - Staying Informed from Public Safety Canada.

Further Assistance

If you have questions or would like to talk to someone about how to receive more information about your rights, please contact VictimLink to speak with a victim service worker or call your local police.

You can find others who can help you, as well as legal information and resources, at: Legal Assistance.

For another good source of information about your rights, please see the Victims of Crime - Staying Informed publication from Public Safety Canada.

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