Since 1993, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) has been a leader in advocacy for victims and survivors of serious crime in Canada. We are a national, non-government agency located in Ottawa, Ontario.
Funding for the Terror Victim Response.ca website was initially provided by the Government of Canada Kanishka Project, a 5 year $10M initiative which invests in research on pressing questions for Canada on terrorism and counter-terrorism, such as preventing and countering violent extremism. In 2016, the Department of Justice Victims Fund provided funding to update content with respect to recent Canadian incidents of mass victimization and incorporate mobile responsiveness so that it is more accessible and usable to victim services personnel and other interested parties on their various smart devices. In 2016, we added new Canadian content related to recent incidents (1989 École Polytechnique massacre, 2006 Dawson College Shooting, July 2013 Lac Mégantic train derailment, 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa) and emerging concerns in the field, such as: missing persons; the use of volunteers when responding; special considerations for children; lessons learned from recent international incidents including the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013; competing jurisdictional issues; cultural competency; northern and remote community response and long-term needs of victims and witnesses. We have hired and/or collaborated with a number of experts to contribute content in these areas.
Additional incidents examined include the bombings of: Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985; PanAm Flight 103 on December 21, 1988; Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995; the coordinated attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001; the 7 July 2005 London bombings; the sequential bombing and mass shooting in Norway on 22 July 2011; Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013; and the downing of Flight MH17 over the Ukraine in July 2014. A number of experts in the field of counter-terrorism and survivors themselves examined the content of this website and provided input.