Nightclub Violence – Melbourne CBD

John Elliott, a candidate for the City of Melbourne, has proposed the introduction of a 1.00 am common closure for Melbourne Nightclubs to curb violence. Others believe that the current problems associated with street violence will be exacerbated by such a measure and which have been previously trialled in Australia with little success. On a Friday…

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News for Victims of Crime: Melbourne Crime Rate 2011 -2012

Melbourne’s CBD crime rate in is more than double that of any other place in Victoria. The City of Yarra, including Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Richmond, comes in second. The City of Maribyrnong, including Footscray and Yarraville, comes in third. Most common crimes were robbery, assault and theft. Melbourne’s assault rate was about four times…

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Predicting Crime – Computer Program

Police in West Midlands England are using software called Operation Swordfish to predict where crimes such as burglaries are likely to occur. The software works on the premise that criminals who commits burglaries often target the same area again shortly after the first incident. Research from the Institute of Crime Science indicates that the neighbours…

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Crime Compensation for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader, today, 20-09-12, called for the government to retrospectively pay the 300 or so Australian victims of terrorism overseas, such as victims of the Bali bombings, or their families, $75,000 in compensation. In Victoria under the Crime Compensation legislation the family of a murder victim is entitled to up to $100,000 and…

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Aggravated Burglary & Kidnapping – Bendigo Victoria

On Thursday the 20-09-12 just after midnight a twenty-four-year-old was sitting in his parked motor vehicle when two armed assailants entered his vehicle and threatened him with a gun and a knife. The assailants forced the victim drive to an address in Kangaroo Flat when he attempted to unsuccessfully escape. Police shortly afterwards arrested two…

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Avoiding Violent Crime Amongst Young People in Victoria

Individuals aged from 15 – 24 years are more likely to be victims, offenders or witnesses of crime.  How young people can avoid violence: Avoid groups of youths that look like they have been consuming alcohol. When travelling on public transport keep valuables like iphone and ipads hidden. Travel with friends you are comfortable with…

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Legal Services Board – Funding Justice Projects – Victoria

The Legal Services Board has recently awarded just over $2 million to ten recipients for projects aimed at promoting and improving the legal and justice system in Victoria. Two of the projects include: A grant of over $60K to investigate and propose the best approach to establishing a specialist court list to respond to child…

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Victims of Crime Counselling – Victoria

Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services provide a range of services to people who have experienced or witnessed violent crimes, including physical assault, aggravated burglaries, armed robberies, sexual abuse, stalking, domestic violence, homicide and so on. About 80% of crime victims are adults with 20% being under eighteen years of age. Younger victims may…

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Violence Escalating in Melbourne

According to a medical specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Martin Dutch, “the number of violent assaults had hugely increased in the past 30 months”. Lindsay Bent of Ambulance Victoria said that “nearly all of the inner city Ambulance crews on Friday and Saturday nights were tied up with alcohol-related injuries”. The majority of victims…

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