Canadian Victim Services Indicators (CVSI)

Detailed information for 2016




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The purpose of the Canadian Victim Services Indicators (CVSI) project is to collect aggregate statistics from victim services directorates with provincial and territorial governments to provide information on the characteristics of victims accessing services, the types of services utilized, and case load demands in order to better develop programs and services for victims of violence.

Data release - May 30, 2018


The Canadian Victim Services Indicators (CVSI) project collects data through a questionnaire that is completed by victim services directorates for the 13 provincial and territorial governments in Canada. The survey provides the justice community, academics and the public with information on victim and caseload statistics associated with the delivery of victim services in Canada. The Canadian Victim Services Indicators project collects information using an aggregate survey, meaning that there is no information on individual cases, and data are collected and reported for pre-defined categories.

Reference period: Calendar year


  • Crime and justice
  • Victims and victimization

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The survey will collect aggregated data from victim services directorates of the provincial and territorial government to capture information on the delivery of victim services in Canada.

Instrument design

The Canadian Victims Services Indicators questionnaire was designed and tested in collaboration with provincial and territorial officials involved in the delivery of victim services. It is a respondent completed electronic questionnaire.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2018-01-10 to 2018-01-26

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

The data were collected using an electronic questionnaire.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

The data are entered manually into an electronic survey questionnaire in Excel spreadsheets. All edits are conducted manually, and follow-up contact is carried out (usually through telephone contact), as required. Any subsequent changes are documented in electronic format and updated in the Excel spreadsheet(s) if necessary.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Quality evaluation

Not applicable

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

Not applicable

Data accuracy

This survey collects high level aggregate administrative data from victim services directorates. Because the information obtained by the survey is produced by respondents in the course of administering their programs, it is generally very accurate. However, where information is missing or incomplete, the survey notes the nature of the problem, and to the extent possible, quantifies its magnitude.

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