Recent recommendations by the Victoria Law Foundation include:
1. An independent victims advocate.
To build an effective and responsive system for all victims we need an independent statutory victims advocate similar to South Australia’s Commissioner for Victims’ Rights.
2. Better access to support services.
Victims need a direct link to support services and a more proactive referral system, like the one introduced in the United Kingdom in 2006.
3. Increased crimes compensation and easier access to compensation.
Increase the compensation paid to victims and also reduce the barriers in accessing compensation. Need to ensure that irrelevant and unrelated personal information about victims is not used against them when assessing a claim for crimes compensation.