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Voices of Resilience Podcast Series

BCBH produced an original 5-part podcast series, “Voices of Resilience,” in support of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 28 – June 3, 2017 telling the stories of fiveindividuals affected by crime and how they responded with resiliency.

Listen to Jessica’s story of fighting back in the face of the loss of her sister to homicide, followed by her experience through the resolution of the 30-year-old cold case.

Listen to Tamara tell the story of her brother’s tragic murder and the resulting “alchemy” of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and her own happiness.

Podcast #3: “Moving Forward – Meghan’s Story”  

Hear how Meghan, healing from a recent sexual assault, describes resilience as something that looks different each day – two steps forward, and one step back – and vows that she will not allow this experience to take over her life.

Podcast #4: “Pushing for Change – Jo-Anne’s Story”

In the aftermath of her niece’s murder hear how Jo-Anne has advocated for Kimberly’s Law, legislation that proposes changes in laws to protect our young people and society by preventing further tragedies and providing help for at-risk youth.

Podcast #5: “Forgiveness – Carol’s Story”

Hear how Carol turned to Restorative Justice, and received support through the Community Justice Initiatives Association, to forgive the murderer of her son.

“Carol’s Favorite Kyle Story”

Voices in the Courtroom: Empowering Victims Through Victim Impact Statements

For National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016, the BC Victims of Homicide, along with our partners, hosted a two-part event on Victim Impact Statements. Victims and families are not personally represented in the court system and often feel, as a result, that their voices are silenced. Raising awareness of the value of Victim Impact Statements can help bring the voice of the victim back into the courtroom, help the community realize the impact of a particular crime on individuals and society, and be a healing tool for some. The Victim Impact Statement then becomes a part of everyone’s journey as we understand the consequences of a particular act and see how it has affected an individual, a family, and a community.

The event was held Monday, May 30th, 2016. The second part of the event was a workshop led by Lovepreet Brar on writing a Victim Impact Statement. The first part of the event included a series of presentations from the perspectives of a victim/survivor, perpetrator, restorative justice practitioner, and a judge; those are available for viewing below.

The following individuals presented during our workshop and spoke of the impact a crime has had on their lives:

Marlyn Ferguson

Yves Cote

Dave Gustafson

Judge Robert Hamilton

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Department of Justice Canada Victims Fund.

Global News - Ask an Expert: Grieving Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays

It’s the most joyful time of the year, but the holidays can be heartbreaking for people suffering from the loss of a loved one. Grief expert Asya Hadzismajlovic, Executive Director of the BC Bereavement Helpline, explains ways to address those sad feelings and pay special tribute to those who have passed on. Click here for video.

BC Victims of Homicide Founder Christopher Ducharme

Former Board Member and founder of BC Victims of Homicide, Christopher Ducharme, speaks with Studio 4 with Host Fanny Kiefer about helping people whose families have been touched by violent crime. Christopher would like to see a greater support network to help people through family tragedy.”

Studio 4 Interview Part 1 of 2  

Studio 4 Interview Part 2 of 2

Using Creativity as a Healer

Watch a video interview with Christopher Ducharme, founder of BC Victims of Homicide, who discusses how supporting other victims has allowed him to move forward. Christopher also speaks about some of his creative endeavours, and the benefits that they have provided him.