Victims of Crime – Simple Relaxation Techniques to Help Manage Stress

Five simple relaxation techniques to help control stress throughout the day: Deep breathing: breathe in deeply through your nose as much as possible and hold for a few seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth four to five breaths at a time. Active relaxation: tense, hold and then relax various muscle groups in your…

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Victims of Crime – Long Delays in Accessing Assistance

Many victims of crime are currently experiencing very long delays by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, VOCAT, in authorizing appropriate services. Recently a client has threatened suicide following a more than five month delay by VOCAT in authorizing appropriate dental and counselling expenses. These long delays, while sometimes cannot be helped, are not only…

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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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Smart Justice Solutions

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,…

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