In recent years the maximum penalty in Victoria for sexual penetration of a child under the age of 10 years has been increased from 20 to 25 years. This change has brought the offence in line with the statutory offence of rape. Extraordinarily, though,, once a child is age between 10 to 16 years, the…Details
Over the past ten years the incidence of armed robbery at Service Stations has steadily increased in Australia. In 2009 around 10% of all armed robberies were of service stations. Services Stations are more likely to be targeted at night by one offender with an average age of twenty-three-years and using a knife. Extended trading…Details
Over 130,000 international students began studies in Victoria between 2005 and 2009, of which 44% came from India and 38% from China, with most students aged between 20 and 35 years and over 60% being male. The rate of physical assault for all students was similar to the average for similarly aged others except for…Details
If you have been the victim of crime while driving, such as Dangerous Driving, you may be entitled to make both a Crimes Compensation application as well as a Transport Accident Commission (TAC) claim. To further discuss your compensation call Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services on Freecall 1800 000 055.
If you have been the victim of crime in the workplace, such as robbery at a post office, petrol station, restaurant, hotel, tabaret or bank, or while performing your work duties, such as a police officer, taxi-driver or security officer, you may be entitled to make both a Crimes Compensation application as well as a…Details
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) powerfully effect who we become as adults and what becomes of us as adults. 28% of ACEs are in the form of physical abuse, 22% sexual abuse and 11% emotional abuse with the remainder consisting of neglect and other forms of abuse. Health risks associated with ACEs include smoking, severe obesity,…Details
226 people were sentenced for rape between 2003/04 and 2007/08.
81% of offenders received a period of imprisonment.
Offenders aged over forty years were more likely to be imprisoned.
Average period of incarceration for all offences was around 5 years and ranged from 2 to 26 years.
Statistics provided by the Sentencing Advisory Council.
Considerable evidence exists confirming that many clients seeking mental health services in Australia have trauma histories which significantly affect their health and well-being. Jenna Bateman, CEO, The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has long advocated for a mental health approach that moves away from searching for a diagnosis to a recognition of the impact of a…Details
Much past research has linked health risks such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A recent research of young females found that the higher the number of PTSD symptoms related to the increased likelihood of consuming fast foods and soft drinks together with unhealthy dieting strategies, such as vomiting.…Details
A new training scheme is being introduced for teachers to help them identify and assist children with mental health issues, such as those related to trauma. I agree with Pamela Snow, Associate Professor at Monash University, that children who display challenging and inexplicable behaviour may have been exposed to some kind of trauma in their…Details
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is the result of pressure waves from explosions, such as Improvised Explosive Devices, which cause damage to brain structures that regulate emotions and thinking. Symptoms can include mood swings, depression, irritability, memory loss, headaches and impaired thinking. While most individuals recover quickly up to 15% may have ongoing difficulties including symptoms…Details
Parents, teachers and others working with you people should: 1. Inform children about what Cyber Bullying is and its potential harmful effect upon others. 2. Encourage them to report Cyber Bullying as soon as they suspect it may be occurring. 3. Talk children through appropriate responses to cyber bullying. 4. Reinforce the idea that not…Details
In 2010 $1.6 Million was paid out in compensation to victims resulting from violence in schools with such anti-social behaving appearing to be on the increase. Mary Bluett, Victoria Education Union President, has indicated that there is a need for more support in the areas of welfare and counselling to help address these issues. Chris…Details
Human Right Activists are calling for stricter rules regulating police use of Pepper Spray. What nonsense! Greg Davies, Police Association Secretary, asked about the human rights of the 2,500 police members who were physically assaulted last year to protect themselves. I would go on and ask about the human rights of the almost 40,000 victims…Details
Victoria Police Statistics show that the total number of victims of crime against the person in 2009/2010 was 39,032. In the 2009/2010 period the number of crimes compensation applications finalised was a total of 5,920. The number of applications that have been struck out, withdrawn or refused in 2009/2010 was 1,454. Therefore comparing the total number…Details
The advantages for victims of crime in pursuing an award for compensation through the Victims of Crime Assistance Act include: 1. Assistance is not dependent upon an assailant being convicted or even identified. 2. Compensation is State funded (your taxes at work). 3. Victims have no legal or other costs. 4. No need for a court hearing.…Details
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2010 there were 28,500 victims of assault in Victoria, and of these about 1,500 victims were children under fifteen years of age. From January 2008 to August 2010 Child Protection reported some 58,500 cases of child abuse, some 30,000 per year, to the police. There appears to…Details
Parking inspectors, police, paramedics, nurses and other such community workers are often victims of physical assaults while in the process of performing their duties. Not only do they need to contend with the stressors of their very demanding employment they often need to contend with a high degree of aggression and violence often perpetrated against…Details
While Crimes Compensation is the easiest and simplest way for victims of crime in Victoria to be compensated there is also another relatively easy procedure through the Sentencing Act. Crimes Compensation is in essence an insurance scheme which all Victorians fund and which they can make a claim agaisnt, the same way one pays for…Details
If you have been the victim of crime, such as a physical assault, and have made a police statement kindly bring your statement to our offices at 163 Victoria Parade Fitzroy and receive a Free Personal Alarm System. This is a community service initiative by Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services to assist victims…Details