Research

Department of Justice Canada 

The Research and Statistics Division (RSD) at the Department of Justice produces and disseminates empirical research and statistical analysis. Click on the hyperlink below to view reports that have been posted to the website or click on the email address to request a pdf copy.

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/index.html

Specifically on CAC/CYACs

2018

Understanding the Development and Impact of Child Advocacy Centres
Research & Statistics Division, Department of Justice, Canada

To receive a copy of this report, send an email to rsd-drs@justice.gc.ca

2017

Understanding the Development and Impact of Child Advocacy Centres
Victims of Crime Research Digest No.11 (2017)

https://justice.gc.ca/eng/rp/cj-jp/victim/rd11/toc-tdm.html

2015

Evidence Supporting National Guidelines for Canada’s Child Advocacy Centres – Lorne D. Bertrand, Ph.D., Joanne J. Paetsch, B.A., John-Paul Boyd, M.A., LL.B., Nicholas Bala, LL.M., F.R.S.C

This project reviews national and international research to provide the evidence, background and context to support the rationale for each of the ten draft guidelines proposed for Canadian Child Advocacy Centres.

To receive a copy of this report, send an email to rsd-drs@justice.gc.ca

2015

Child Advocacy Centres and Child and Youth Advocacy Centres in Canada: National Operational Survey Results – Shanna Hickey

The Department of Justice designed this study to collect operational data such as the CACs/CYACs stage of development, the services they provide, and how they provide these services.

To receive a copy of this report send an email to rsd-drs@justice.gc.ca

2013

Building Our Capacity: Children’s Advocacy Centres in Canada. Victims of Crime Research Digest: Issue No. 6
http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/victim/rd6-rr6/toc-tdm.html

To receive a copy of this report, send an email to rsd-drs@justice.gc.ca

2012

Addressing the Needs of Child Victims and Their Families: the Role of the Victim Advocate – Melissa Northcott

This report examines the needs of child victims and their families and how various children’s advocacy centres (CACs) respond to these needs through victim support and advocacy services.

To receive a copy of this report, send an email to rsd-drs@justice.gc.ca


Child Witnesses: Testimonial Aids

There are several articles in the Victims of Crime Research Digest that focus on child witnesses and testimonial aids.

Issue No. 11

Helping Victims Find their Voice: Testimonial Aids in Criminal Proceedings Victims of Crime Research Digest No.11 (2017).

https://justice.gc.ca/eng/rp/cj-jp/victim/rd11/toc-tdm.html

Issue No. 9 

The Use of Closed-Circuit Television: The Experiences of Crown Prosecutors and Victim-Services Workers in the Ontario West Region

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/victim/rd9-rr9/toc-tdm.html

Issue No. 8 

  • The Use of Closed-Circuit Television: The Experiences of Child and Youth Witnesses in Ontario’s West Region
  • Identifying Young Victims in the Media in Canada: A Media Scan
  • Exclusion of the Public, Appointment of Counsel: Tools to Help Victim Witnesses in Canada’s North

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/victim/rd8-rr8/toc-tdm.html

Issue No. 2

Facilitating Testimony for Child Victims and Witnesses

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/victim/rd09_2-rr09_2/toc-tdm.html

The Cross Examination of Children
The Examination and Cross-Examination of Children in Criminal Proceedings: A Review of the International Literature (2014) Tamara Jordan

This report examines how seven countries, Australia, New Zealand, England and Wales, the United States, South Africa, Israel and Norway, handle the examination and cross-examination of child witnesses in the criminal justice system.

To receive a copy of this report, send an email to sd drs@justice.gc.ca

Fact Sheets developed by the Research and Statistics Division

JustFacts: Victimization of Indigenous Children and Youth (July 2017)

JustFacts: Sexual Assault (May, 2017)

JustFacts: Sexual Violations against Children and Child Pornography (May 2017)

JustFacts: Jordan – Statistics Related to Delay in the Criminal Justice System

JustFacts: Child-Related Sexual Offences Subject to a Mandatory Minimum Penalty  (December 2015)

JustFacts: Children’s Advocacy Centres (2013)

The Victims of Crime Research Digest is an annual publication featuring short articles dedicated to victims of crime research. The bilingual Digest is a publication of the Department of Justice, Canada.

Building Knowledge Series – from a few years ago, a series of one page notes on data about child and youth victimization

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/victim/knowledge-savoir/index.html

RESEARCH ON CHILD SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION

Acknowledgement: permission for the following research articles to be posted on this website was given by:
Martine Hébert, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Interpersonal Traumas and Resilience
Co-chair Marie-Vincent Interuniversity Chair in Child Sexual Abuse

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD in adolescent victims of sexual abuse: resilience and social support as protection factors.

Martine Hébert, Francine Lavoie, Martin Blais, and members of the PAJ team.

Cien Saude Colet. 2014 March; 19(3): 685–694.

Factors associated with resilience in preschoolers reporting sexual abuse: A typological analysis

Martine Hébert, Rachel Langevin & Florence Charest.

International Journal of Child & Adolescent Resilience: Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 46-Journal of Child a

Cumulative childhood trauma, emotion regulation, dissociation, and behavior problems in school-aged sexual abuse victims (2018). 

Martine Hébert, Rachel Langevin & Essaïd Oussaïd

Published in final edited form as: J Affect Disord. 2018 January 01; 225: 306–312.

Gender as a predictor of posttraumatic stress symptoms and externalizing behaviour problems in sexually abused children.

Amélie Gauthier-Duchesne, Martine Hébert & Marie-Ève Daspe

Child Abuse and Neglect. 2017 February; 64: 79–88. 

Child sexual abuse as a risk factor for teen dating violence: Findings from a representative sample of Quebec youth

Martine Hébert, Catherine Moreau, Martin Blais, Francine Lavoie, & Mireille Guerrier.

J.Child Adolescent Trauma, 2017 March; 10(1): 51-61

Child Sexual Abuse, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Mental Health Problems among High School Students: A Moderated Mediated Model

Martine Hébert, Jude Mary Cénat, Martin Blais, Francine Lavoie and Mireille Guerrier.

Published in final edited form as: Depression and Anxiety. 2016 July; 33(7): 623–629.

Culpabilité chez les enfants victimes d’agression sexuelle : Le rôle médiateur des stratégies d’évitement sur l’anxiété et l’estime de soi

[Sense of guilt in sexually abused children: Mediating role of avoidance coping on anxiety and self-esteem] 

Amélie Gauthier-Duchesne, Martine Hébert & Marie-Ève Daspe

Published in final edited form as: Criminologie (Montr) 2017; 50(1): 181–201.

 

Note: Research Summaries are also available on the UQUAM website  http://martinehebert.uqam.ca/en/ . Several are only available in French.