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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