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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Crimes Against Small Business in Victoria – 2011 to 2012

In 2011-12 in Victoria there were 77,676 crimes recorded against small businesses, such as petrol stations, convenience stores, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, a 4% increase over the previous year.  Aggravated burglaries increased by 22%.  Arson by 19%.  Burglaries involving people working from home by 16%.  Motor vehicle theft by 23%.  Crimes of deception by 3%.…

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News for Victims of Crime – Paroles Breaches – 2011 to 2012

In 2011 – 2012 1386 prisoners of 1843 prisoners on parole breached their parole orders, a 30% increase over the previous year. 659 prisoners had their parole cancelled, including 107 who recorded another conviction. 3 Victorians were murdered by parole violators during 2011 – 2012. Sex offenders breached court-ordered conditions 1192 times, a more than…

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Sexual and Physical Abuse of Disabled People Living in Care

Disability groups state that sexual and physical abuse is rampant amongst disabled people living in care. Kevin Stone, of the Disability Advocacy Group – Valid, said: “we know it’s happening…we think it’s the tip of the ice-burg…and it’s happening in far more services that we dare think…and not just in Victoria”. Colleen Pearce, Victorian Public…

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