Call for Presenters: Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2021



November 14-20, 2021








Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (Victims Week) 2021 will take place from November 14-20, 2021.

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) will be hosting virtual events throughout Victims Week 2021!


The 2021 Victims Week National Organizing Committee and PCVI would like to invite interested individuals and/or groups to submit a proposal for a workshop/presentation to be included as part of the virtual event. Each available timeslot is 90 minutes in length. In an effort to showcase various aspects of a particular topic, presenters who have proposed workshops on related subjects may be asked to present with each other in the form of a panel discussion. In these instances, presenters may be asked to amend their proposed workshop to a shorter version.

The workshops/presentations should reflect the theme for Victims Week: “The Power of Collaboration”. This theme recognizes that:

  • Over the past three decades, there have been significant advances within Canada’s criminal justice system and victim services field to increase collaboration to ensure that the system is responsive to the various needs of victims of crime;
  • There is a continued need within the criminal justice system and victim services field for increased cross-sector collaboration, as well as enhanced coordination, partnerships, and multi-disciplinary responses to better support victims;
  • More can always be done to address gaps in the continuum of services and to break down barriers for better access to the meaningful supports that victims depend on throughout the criminal justice process. 


In order to facilitate a comprehensive agenda, we are seeking workshop proposals that meet one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Providing specialized, practical, and evidence-based training and information to victim service providers and criminal justice professionals.
  2. Sharing knowledge and delivering training in an engaging and inspiring manner.
  3. Raising awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime, the services, assistance, and laws in place across Canada to help them and their families – with particular attention to current and emerging victims’ issues and emerging or promising practices.
  4. Providing information on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on victim services and the criminal justice system.

Applicants must be prepared to deliver their presentation remotely using an online platform.

Applicants must also demonstrate in their proposal how their presentation will be delivered in an accessible, culturally safe, and trauma informed manner.

The Organizing Committee will assess proposals based on how well they meet the objectives above.

Please submit your completed proposal no later than 12:00 noon (Pacific) on June 30, 2021 to: