Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services - Social Innovation Project

Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services. Two students collaborating.

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Caledon\Dufferin Victim Services is a not-for-profit, charitable organization serving the Town of Caledon and the County of Dufferin. Our agency offers free, one-to-one, confidential assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support individuals affected by crime and tragic circumstances. At CDVS, the needs of every victim matters. Because Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services (CDVS) exists, those who encounter crisis can cope with their current circumstances. CDVS supports victims of crime, abuse, and tragedy – enabling the continuum of recovery through rapid response, informed referrals and community partnerships.

Learn more about Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services (CDVS) here!

The Challenge(s)


Challenge: Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services (CDVS) is not for profit agency that relies on government funding to sustain its programs. This reliability makes the organization vulnerable to the demands of government and other forces in which they cannot control. Due to having a smaller team of staff, CDVS appreciates the efforts of UTM students to help work on projects they otherwise wouldn’t have the resources work on. 

Project Description: 

This project will be a research project related to examining issues of cultural diversity and expectations of the justice & legal system. Specific micro-topics of interest include: 

  • Understanding of victim rights 

  • Expectations of justice 

  • Impact of race/culture on perceptions of law enforcement/racial biases 

  • How world views/experiences impact understanding of justice 

Students will synthesize their research findings in brochures and infographics, reporting the results back to CDVS 

Additional Skills: Open to all students! Students in the following programs have been identified by this community partner:


  • Criminology 

  • Women's Studies 

  • Diversity Studies 

  • Justice Studies 

  • Research skills 


Academic Background:  

  • Criminology 

  • Women's Studies 

  • Legal Studies 

  • Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Sociology 


The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on Saturday, Oct. 23rd, we are looking for a team of UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing.The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 


Registration is now open! 

1.    Log into CLNx at 

2.    Click on 'UTORid Login.' 

3.    From the navigation menu, go to 'Experiential Learning': 

4.   Under 'Courses/Programs' select 'View' and then select 'Social Innovation Project Fall/Winter 2021/22) and click 'Apply' 

5.    Follow the program instructions on CLNx to officially register and select your project! 


For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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