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The Victims of Crime Act, 1995 forms the legislative basis for the Victims Services Program.

A victim is a person who, by reason of an act that is in violation of criminal laws, has suffered harm, including physical or mental injury, emotional suffering or economic loss.

The Act contains guiding principles that set out how victims of crime should be treated by the criminal justice system, such as ensuring victims are treated with courtesy, compassion and respect. These principles are based on "Canada's Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime 2003", approved by Ministers Responsible for Victims Services across Canada.

The Act provides for the collection of a surcharge on provincial offences and continues a dedicated fund to support programs and services for victims, known as the "Victims' Fund". In addition to revenue from provincial surcharges, the Victims' Fund receives revenue from other sources, including donations, government support and federal fine surcharges imposed by Saskatchewan courts.

One of the programs supported by the Victims' Fund is the Victims Compensation Program which provides support funding to victims of crime or their dependants for costs of medical treatment, counselling and other expenses resulting from the victim's injury or death. Victims of crime or their dependents may contact the Victims Services Branch to learn more about this program.

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