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    Irvin Waller calls for governments to meet international standards of victim assistance and invest in preventing victimization.


Crime Victims in Canada Need Rights and Services and Prevention of Victimization

Canadian victims face five disturbing facts. Crime does $83 billion in harm. Rates of victimization are not decreasing. Victims are going less to police. Governments are spending much more on criminal justice but not on victims. Current knowledge on violence prevention suggests that rates of violence could be cut by 50%.

Canada wants to enact the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights so that it will be a cornerstone that will meet the needs of victims of crime. It can only be a cornerstone if there are guarantees for the rights of victims of crime by providing funding, informing victims about them, making the rights measurable and measured, and by ensuring prevention that stops victimization.

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Victims Rights : Smart Ways to Enforce Them

Victims of crimes such as rape, robbery, murder, break-ins, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and assault suffer losses and trauma as a result of crime. They are often frustrated and further traumatized by police and courts.

In 1985, all of the governments who were members of the United Nations General Assembly resolved to reduce crime and provide victims with services and justice. Since 1985, governments across the world have made many strides forward by multiplying the numbers of laws, the amount of compensation and the availability of services.

But too many victims do not get the services and rights that they deserve for no truly good reason. To change this, we must do much more. This proposes making victim rights measurable, informing victims of services and rights, and investing in effective victimization prevention.

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Smarter Crime Control – An Agenda for Action – for 2014!

My new book on Smarter Crime Control uses the evidence on what are effective ways to reduce violent crime to propose an agenda for action to cut violence by 50% and save taxpayers billions – in the USA $100 billion a year.

Current rates of murder, traffic fatalities, drug overdoses, and incarceration are unacceptable in 2014. We have the knowledge and best practices to make them history and reduce the waste of taxes on what has not worked. The book organizes the knowledge to show how to retool policing, improve corrections, and make criminal courts more preventive. It confirms ways to help youth in problem neighborhoods start on a path that does not lead to chronic offending, gang violence, and incarceration. It proposes promising ways to stop violence against women and fatalities on the roads. It shows how cities can take charge of making their neighborhoods safer for less. It is written as A guide to a safer future for citizens, communities, and politicians.

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Does Canada have its own new Jim Crow?

Does Canada have its own new Jim Crow? Is Canada making the same mistakes as the USA? Are racial minorities disproportionately victims of violence due to over-reliance on incarceration?

Canada was forced to focus recently on fact not political fiction. Canada not only over-incarcerates its minorities but is allowing rapid growth in incarceration of Aboriginal Peoples and visible minorities. Unfortunately these policies are not reducing violence, particularly for Aboriginal Peoples and ¨visible minorities¨. Let´s get strategies that champion victims by stopping violence. Let´s stop taxes going to pick up pieces. Let’s get smarter crime control in Canada.

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Violence Spikes in Some of Our Greatest Cities, While Solutions Wait for Action

Shootings involving young men in street gangs are not inevitable, they are preventable. BUT success requires our leaders to be smarter about getting results, particularly by re-balancing funding between smart policing and targeted social development.

Among the key actions for legislators are to:
* Invest now in the proven social development strategies that are able to assist young men in problem places to choose a lifestyle free from handguns. One example is the proposed US Youth Promise Act.
* Encourage cities to take a leadership role in “public health” strategies where smart planning and action have got results, such as reduced inner-city violence as demonstrated by Glasgow in Scotland.

The US Attorney General noted the ¨spike in violence in some of our greatest cities¨. The numbers of young men killed every year underline the need for his ¨smart on crime¨ paradigm shift but the evidence on effective violence prevention calls for bolder ¨smarter crime control¨ that stops the victimization, avoids lives and taxes being wasted, and is consistent with the fundamental right of potential victims to be protected by the best public safety consistent with current knowledge.

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