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York University and CCVF

Article by: Joe Wamback
Toronto – NATIONAL CRIME VICTIM AWARENESS WEEK IN CANADA
YORK UNIVERSITY AND CCVF FORGE NEW PARTNERSHIP

(TORONTO) During National Crime Victim Awareness Week in Canada, Joe and Lozanne Wamback, founders of Canadian Crime Victim Foundation, announced today that they will provide funding and assist York University’s LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict for research into victims of violent crime.
Their goal is to set the stage for the launch of a unique and ground-breaking study of children and families who have been victims of extremely violent crimes. “When a family member has been the victim of a violent crime, the aftermath for children and families is devastating, traumatic and life-long.” This research program will be a first for Canada: It promises to lead researchers to a new understanding of resilience among victims, to provide clinicians with new insights into effective counselling, and to guide important policy in victims’ rights.

“Canada is so far behind other nations with research into the impact of violent crime on victims and their families, to the point of being negligent,” says Joe Wamback, who formed the foundation, along with his wife Lozanne, after an assault on their son Jonathan in 2002.

“The research to be undertaken will be cutting-edge for Canada and will provide the foundation for educating and training anyone who deals with victims of violence,” he adds.

The initiative will be led by York University researchers Jennifer Connolly and Stephen Fleming and will encompass the impact of violent crime at all levels of individual and family life.

Joe and Lozanne‘s vision is to shed light on victim aftermath and how to improve victim services in Canada.

“The exciting partnership with one of Canada’s most esteemed academic environments will set new standards into understanding the needs of survivors of violence and families of homicide victims.” says Joe.