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    8 The offender has become eligible for parole. What can I do?

    As a victim, you have the right to have your views known during a Parole Board Hearing. These hearings are used to assess if an offender is eligible for early release from prison. You can submit your views to the Parole Board through a victim impact statement. Though the submission of a victim impact statement, the Board will consider any information the victim believes relevant, including the victim's fears and other long term effects the crime might have caused (including physical, emotional, financial). Victim impact statements should be completed soon after sentencing.

    Note:
    • You will only be notified of the offender's parole status if you request to be notified.
    • You can attend a Parole Board Hearing only as an observer. You are not allowed direct participation in a Parole Board Hearing.
    Contact the Correctional Service of Canada at 1-800-267-0354 for more information about Parole Board Hearings and Victim Impact Statements.


    1. Seek Immediate Medical and Police Aid
    2. Your Involvement with the Police
    3. Seek Advice and Ongoing Assistance
      3.1 Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
      3.2 Victim Support Line (VSL)
      3.3 Sexual Assault / Rape Crisis Centers (SAC)
      3.4 Interval House
      3.5 Emergency Legal Advice
      3.6 Compensation
      3.7 Child Witnesses
    4. Information About the Criminal Justice System
    5. Making Your Views Known
    6. Going to Court
    7. The trial is finished, now what?
    8. The offender has become eligible for parole. What can I do?
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