Domestic Violence – Paid Leave Award – Metro Train

Staff at Metro train who experience domestic violence will receive paid leave to attend medical, legal and other appointments. Luba Grigorovitch, Union Organiser, said female members first raised domestic violence as a growing concern some two years ago. A spokeswoman for Metro said that the company wanted the best for its staff. Municipal Councils, including…

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Minimum Two Year Sentences for Young Offenders in Victoria

Recently Victoria’s Attorney-General, Robert Clark, and Community Services Minister, Mary Wooldridge, launched a discussion paper on youth diversion which called for an expansion of diversion programs for juveniles who commit offences. The Coalition has said that they will still push ahead with minimum two-year sentences for young offenders guilty of intentionally or recklessly causing serious…

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Victoria’s Homicide Rate 2011 – 2012

Victoria’s rate of murder and manslaughter has climbed by 44% during 2011 – 2012, equaling NSW. Homicides, according to Criminologists, can be a reliable benchmark for crime since they have high reporting rates and are generally immune to police operations. In most murder cases in Victoria they were related to domestic violence or the victim…

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Sexual Abuse – Better reporting called for by Victoria’s state Coroner

Following the recent inquest into the death of a thirty-four-year-old man who was shot and dismembered by his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, who he had sexually abused for 4 years, in 2008 the coroner recommended that the Education Department improve training to teachers to be better able to recognise child sex abuse. It is estimated that the…

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News for Victims of Crime: Physical Assault – Melbourne CBD – Victoria

On Saturday the 09-09-12 at around 5.00 am a violent altercation erupted between a group of men in Queen Street. Two men were stabbed, a nineteen-year-old, who was treated at The Alfred Hospital, and a twenty-year-old -year-old, who was treated at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, while a third nineteen-year-old male received head injuries and was…

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News for Victims of Crime: Car-jacking – Geelong – Victoria

On Friday the 07-09-12 at around 3.45 pm two male assailants, aged twenty-four and twenty-six years, car-jacked a motor vehicle in Geelong following a collision and demanded to be driven to another location. The assailants were soon apprehended and charged with theft of a motor vehicle as well as false imprisonment and threats to kill.…

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Victims of Crime Statistics for Victoria 2011 – 2012

Victoria Police recorded 391,325 offences in 2011 to 2012, an increase of 8.2% from the previous year. Of the 391,325 offences 168,200 were cleared within the same financial year, a clearance rate of 51.7%. Victoria Police processed 178,897 alleged offenders 10.6% more than the previous year. 208,100 persons were recorded as victims of crime, an…

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Crime Rates Recorded in Victoria – 2011 to 2012

Crimes Against People: Assault – 42,076 (up 16.9%) Sex (non rape) 6,264 Aggravated Robbery – 3,286 Rape – 2,044 Abduction / Kidnapping 611 Homicide – 173 Total – 54,454 While there were 54,454 serious crimes reported in Victoria from 2011 to 2012 there was only some 5000 successful Crime Compensation applications over this same period.…

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Sexual Abuse – Victorian Teacher

A thirty-nine-year-old female Melbourne secondary school teacher has recently pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a female student under the age of sixteen-years, including sexual penetration, at Knoxfield and Daylesford in 2009 . The teacher’s employment as a teacher was terminated in 2012 and the assailant has been released on bail pending a plea hearing in November. If…

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Physical Assault – Somerville

On Wednesday the 05-09-12 at around 8.45 am a twenty-year-old woman stabbed a known twenty-four-year-old male in Somerville. The female assailant was arrested by police and the male victim was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital with serious injuries. For financial support and professional advice call Victims of Crime Compensation Victoria 1800 000 055 or go…

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Child Abuse – Victoria

Nineteen Victorian men have been recently charged with various child abuse pornography related offences with police confiscating more than 25,000 child exploitation images. The men arrested are aged from eighteen to seventy-two years and come from Melbourne, North Melbourne, Elwood, Templestowe, Dandenong, Berwick, Frankston, Burwood, Brunswick, Camberwell, Altona and, Knox, Springvale, Tullamarine, Chelsea and Kangaroo…

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Victims of Crime in Victoria – Support Assistance & Reforms

Abstract Voltaire remarked that ‘the longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.’  Sadly, for many victims of crime in Victoria this reflection is painfully true.  Victims of crime, especially violent crime, can be plagued by feelings of confusion, danger and trauma; it is important, therefore, for victims to receive…

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