Voices of Resilience Podcast

On Monday, May 29th, 2017, the BC Bereavement Helpline, the parent organization of BC Victims of Homicide, launched the original 5-part podcast series, “Voices of Resilience,” in support of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 28 – June 3, 2017. Five people who have been affected by crime shared their stories of resiliency and turning victimization into action.


Podcast #1: “Fighting Back, Jessica’s Story”

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



Podcast #2: “Alchemy, Tamara’s Story”

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”



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


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 event program is can be viewed here.


Marlyn Ferguson

Yves Cote

Dave Gustafson

Judge Robert Hamilton

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


What Happens When a Homicide Occurs? A Dialogue

For National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2015, a forum was held on April 25, 2015 to bring together family members of homicide victims, criminal justice professionals and other service providers who are involved when a homicide occurs. This forum allowed for dialogue and engagement to promote better understanding of the challenges and limitations that professionals and families face after a homicide.


Introduction with Marlyn Ferguson

Keynote Speaker: Cristina Pastia (followed by a Question Period)

Carolyn Sinclair, Victim Services
Roselle Quinones, Victim Services
Jennifer Pound, IHIT
Mary-Clare O’Reily, Coroner
Swetlana Boot, Funeral Director
Maureen Parsley, Victim Safety Unit
Andrew MacDonald, Crown Counsel
Tara George, Correctional Service of Canada Victim Services
Brenda Morrison, Centre for Restorative Justice

Wrap Up with Marlyn Ferguson

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



Testimonials: Support Group Participants

Participants from a homicide support group held at Valley View Funeral Home discuss their experiences with homicide loss, group support, and honouring their loved ones.



Aftermath of Murder: Survivor Stories

WATCH: 2014 Videos | 2013 Videos

BCVOH honours and supports the voice of the bereaved and how they tell their stories. However, elements of the video content could be considered graphic for some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.


For National Victims of Crime Awareness Week in 2013 and 2014, the BCVOH hosted the multi-part video series Aftermath of Murder: Survivor Stories to bring awareness to the impact of homicide bereavement on survivors.


“For most of us our only experience with murder is vicarious, through fictional stories in film & television and via the real-life sensational details covered in the news. We are captivated by the grisly details of murder, the ‘who-dunit’ and the court trial. Rarely do we get a full picture of the victim and almost never any true understanding of the terrible emotional impact on the survivors of murder. This series goes “behind the headlines” as survivors share their stories about the loss, grief, trauma and hope for healing in the aftermath of murder.”

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