Female Childhood Victimisation and Subsequent Victimisation

The physical and/or sexual abuse of a female child significantly increases the likelihood of victimisation in adulthood according to Australian research. Females who have experienced abuse as children are one and a half times more likely to experience violence in adulthood. The risk of sexual violence in adulthood doubles for women who were abused as…

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Mindfulness Meditation Post Trauma

Mindfulness Meditation(MM) can be used to address difficult and painful thoughts post trauma. Mindfulness is the non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise. The practice of MM allows the individual to be able to identify, tolerate and reduce difficult, painful and even frightening thoughts, feelings and sensations and aims…

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Anxiety Disorders affecting Victims of Crime

Anxiety is a normal human emotion but when it is severe and affects quality of life it then becomes a disorder. The five most common types of anxiety disorders are: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety disorders are common and affect about 14% of the…

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Mandatory Sentencing

Victoria is set to introduce mandatory sentences for violent criminals. In response to the alarming number of violent bashings occurring in Victoria, the state parliament, on advice of the Sentencing Advisory Council, has proposed a minimum 4 year imprisonment for adult offenders who leave their victims with permanent injuries. National health statistics indicate that hospitalisation…

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The Abolition of Suspended Sentences for Serious Crime

According to The Sentencing Amendment Act 2010 and the Sentencing Further Amendment Act 2011, suspended sentences have been abolished for a range of serious crimes when prosecuted in the higher courts, including recklessly causing serious injury, aggravated burglary and arson, and there is a move to achieve the complete abolition of suspended sentences for all…

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Financial Assistance Statistics for Victims of Crime in Victoria 2010-2011

A total of just over $55 Million in financial assistance was awarded to 4,891 victim of crime applicants. The average amount of financial assistance awarded per applicant was $8,564.00 Almost all primary victims of crime were awarded special financial assistance with the average amount being $3,141.00. The average amount of financial assistance awarded for loss…

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Victims of Crime at Victorian Railway Stations

Train stations are considered by many commuters to be unsafe. Recently Victoria Police has increased monitoring and management of passenger safety but many commuters still fall victim to crimes against the person whilst using Melbourne’s public transport system. In 2008-09 there were more than 7000 criminal offences reported on Melbourne’s train system. In 2009 there…

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Exposing children to, or involving children in, incidences of domestic violence is being increasingly recognised as a form of child abuse throughout Australia. These children are often referred to as the ‘silent’ or ‘invisible’ victims. Witnessing domestic violence can have a vast range of psychological or behavioural effects on children. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, moodiness,…

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