• Recent Posts on Crime Victim Rights, Violence Prevention and Smart Policing

  • Eliminating Violence in Canadian Homes and Streets

    Lets bring peace to Canadian homes and streets by harnessing modern evidence on early prevention to significantly reduce street violence, homicide, and violence against women.

    This requires us to help governments to meet their commitments to use evidence to impact the harm and losses from violence by preventing it before it happens. Actions must include a national crime prevention strategy, a national office for crime prevention, and sustained investment in upstream prevention. The new investment must make up for the lags in upstream spending by being equivalent to recent increases in paying for reaction and punishment. These must be geared to multi-sectoral and well planned actions to sustain upstream prevention where it is most needed.

    The impact of the prevention strategy must be targeted to, and measured by, outcomes in significantly reduced rates of violence and harm to victims by 2030. It can and must reduce violence to levels of other advanced nations (excluding USA) and reduce Indigenous rates to those for non-indigenous persons. Its success will reduce the need for over-reliance on emergency response, criminal courts, incarceration and safe drug consumption.

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    Five Key Developments in Knowledge and Experience in Last 20 years for Safer Cities

    Knowledge and experience accumulated in the last 20 years provide hope for cities to become much safer, as we have learnt:

    1. Violence in cities continues to cause significant harm to people and loss of sustainable development and so demands urgent smarter investment in effective solutions:

    a. epidemic levels of injuries and loss of life continue for disadvantaged young men from street violence, particularly in Latin America,
    b. sexual and intimate partner violence inflicts pain and loss of quality of life on women and children, and
    c. terrorism threatens peace;

    2. Knowledge of pre-crime prevention solutions, that have reduced violence significantly better than current policies, are now accessible through prestigious national and international sources;

    3. Cities that have transformed their strategies to invest in effective pre-crime prevention solutions have achieved large reductions in violence, including in some high violence cities in Latin America;

    4. Governments and inter-governmental agencies have not yet invested significantly in the proven and people positive strategies that reduce violence in cities, despite their affordability and potential popularity;

    5. Governments and inter-governmental agencies need to foster this transformative action, particularly in cities, to achieve their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, including the violence reduction targets in SDG´s 11, 3, 5 and 16 using the effective implementation actions agreed in SDG 17.

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    Will the next Canadian government get smarter about making a safe Canada safer?

    In Canada, crimes of violence and against property still cause the equivalent of $83 billion in harm to victims – equivalent to 5% of GDP. We have the evidence based knowledge to cut that harm by 50% within 5-10 years by tackling the social causes of violence and providing real support and rights to crime victims.

    This shift to victim centred, compassionate and evidence based policy requires the next Canadian government to invest in the following three actions costing $1.5 billion a year which is less than 1/10 of 1% of GDP. Reducing the number of victims significantly will also reduce the demand for police and jails and so enable reduction over time in taxes spent on reaction of $5 billion.

    These actions will make Canada a beacon for smarter and compassionate crime control and achieve domestically the violence reduction targets of the UN´s sustainable development goals.

    Will your government:

      1. establish a national crime reduction and victim assistance board and invest $500 million a year to work with provinces and cities to reduce significantly interpersonal violence and homicide in Canada by promoting the use of proven prevention solutions?

      2. invest $500 million to reduce violence against women and children, implement a national action plan on violence against women, and launch an annual Statistics Canada survey on intimate partner and sexual violence to measure the success of policies?

      3. invest $500 million to work with the Provinces to develop and implement national programs that meet international standards for assistance, reparation and rights for victims of crime and commit to annual Statistics Canada victimization surveys to measure the gap between the needs and services for victims of crime?

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