The Victims Rights and Support Bill 2013 passed through the lower house on 22-05-13 and will now be debated in the upper house. NSW is in the process of abolishing its existing Victims Compensation Scheme and replacing it with a Victims Support Scheme that will significantly reduce the amount of financial compensation awarded to victims of crime. Under the existing scheme victims are eligible for compensation of at least $7,500, and up to $50,000 if the victim is found to have suffered a chronic condition that is severely disabling. The current Bill proposes a ‘recognition payment’. For example, the recognition payment for a physical assault is proposed to be $1,500.00, whether this is a one off assault or repetitive assault, such as in domestic violence or family violence crimes. Significantly reducing the amount of crime compensation can send the message that we do not care about victims of crime or about what they have been through potentially causing them further emotional and psychological harm. If the NSW government is looking at ways of saving money maybe they should be looking at ways of taking away services and entitlements from those that commit the crimes rather than those who suffer from crime. Such changes as these are not in the best interest of the public and should not be enacted.