Priscilla de Villiers

Executive Director, Victim Justice Network

Priscilla de Villiers is a leading Canadian advocate on crime victim issues. In 1992 she founded CAVEAT (Canadians Against Violence Everywhere Advocating its Termination) after the abduction and murder of her daughter by a sexual predator out on bail.

In 2001, CAVEAT closed, and Ms. de Villiers was appointed as a special advisor to the Office for Victims of Crime where she served until 2005. She was then appointed as a Board Member to the Office for Victims of Crime in 2007, currently serving as Vice-Chair.

In her private capacity, Ms. de Villiers continues to address the many and varied aspects of victimization and to support and advise victims of crime.

In July 2013, she co-founded the Victim Justice Network, an online information network providing a hub for existing networks and organizations to share accurate information and provide resources for victims of crime.

She has received numerous awards, most notably the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor – General of Canada, and a Doctor of Laws (Hon.) from McMaster University.