Do Victims of Crime in Victoria receive appropriate support and assistance? What are the potential reforms?

Tom Mullins St. Augustine’s College, Kyabram With crime in Victoria on the rise, an increased number of victims are seeking assistance. The total number of crimes against the person rose by an enormous amount this past year. In 2011/12, the number of criminal offences recorded in Victoria rose by 8.2% from the previous period, 391,325…

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Victorian Victims of Crime – Support, Assistance & Reforms

Harrison Smyt Salesian College Chadstone Unfortunately, actions against the state that are punishable by law have become all too prominent in our community. More formerly known as crimes, there is no denying that the unsociable trend has been increasing steadily over a number of years. In 2011/ 12, Victoria Police recorded 391, 325 offences state wide,…

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Victims of Crime in Victoria – Support, Assistance & Reforms

Sarah Langley St Augustine’s College in Kyabram. Between 2011 and 2012 in Victoria, there were over 50,000 offences recorded as ‘a crime against the person.’ These crimes do not just affect the victim, as the community often suffers too. Financial burden, grief, and damages are all real consequences, and can take substantial funds and time…

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Domestic Violence Witnessed by Children

Police have responded to 70,000 domestic violence incidents where children were present since June 2007, with more than 18,250 incidents during 2011 – 2012. In metropolitan Victoria Casey, Hume and Brimbank had the most police call-outs for domestic violence where children were present while in rural Victoria Ballarat had the highest. Zoe Price, Safe Futures,…

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Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal 2011 – 2012

The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) is an administrative tribunal within the Court constituted by members who are magistrates. Since 1997 VOCAT has received 62,773 applications, made 50,073 awards to victims of crime totalling $503 million. In 1997 there were just over 1,000 applications and over 6,000 from 2011 – 2012. These increased application…

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Sexual Abuse amongst Siblings

A new Australian Federal Government report on incest reveals that “most parents usually ignore, deny or downplay sibling sexual abuse as child’s play”. The report said that such sexual abuse has “historically been ignored, minimised or denied by parents, professionals and authorities as benign sexual experimentation”. Younger female siblings are often the victims and older…

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