Victims of Crime – Post Trauma Growth

Experiences of trauma should not only consist of negative outcomes, but should provide the victim with new perceptions that can result in intensely positive changes regarding personal growth and healing.  A traumatic experience should be seen as catalyst for the development of deeper meaning and personal growth in one’s life. Consider the following post trauma:…

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Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) Capacity Building Project 2011

Author: Whittlesea Community Legal Service Discussion Paper funded by a grant from the Legal Services Board of Victoria. This Discussion Paper provides an analysis of the current legal framework for the assistance of victims of crime in Victoria with a particular focus on assistance provided by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (“VOCAT”). Some points of…

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Victims of Crime Statistics

Violent crime is defined in Australia to include homicide, assault, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping. Between 1999-2009 the rate of homicide seems to have fallen affecting 293 victims, down from 385 victims in 1999. The rates of robbery have also fallen from affecting 22,606 victims in 1999 to affecting 15,238 in 2009. In addition, kidnapping/abduction…

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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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Nightmares following Trauma

Victims of crime will often experience nightmares following trauma, such as a physical or sexual assault, and which can be very debilitating and bring back disturbing memories of the assault. Nightmares can occur any time following a traumatic event and can be difficult to understand. Nightmares can result in feelings of loneliness, distress, sadness, anger,…

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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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