Victims of Violent Crime – China

Further financial support to victims of violent crimes was pledged this month, September 2012, by China to help stem the trauma resulting from such criminal offences. Each year in China there are some three million victims of crimes which may now be able to benefit from the program. The program targets those who have been seriously injured or the relatives of those killed in violent crimes. It is recognized that those who commit violent crimes do not have the means to compensate the victims or their families who often face serious economic difficulties after losing a bread winner due to physical and/or psychological injury. Financial awards made to victims are usually equivalent to thirty-six-months their average salary  which comes from government financial departments. We…

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News for Victims of Crime: Addressing Violence – Cranbourne Secondary College

Cranbourne Secondary College has developed a Proactive and Preventative Program to tackle violence and anti-social behaviour. The program involves regular interactive classes exposing students to the consequences of violence and covering issues students may come into contact with and the aim being to present issues in a positive manner. Regular visits to the school by…

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Protecting Society from Violent Criminals

Attorney-General, Greg Smith, of the NSW government has proposal legislation to keep violent prisoners who show no signs of rehabilitation in jail beyond their imposed sentence. He said that the changes were about protecting the community from the ”worst of the worst”. Howard Brown, spokesman for the Victims of Crime Assistance League, praised the legislation…

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Nightclub Violence – Melbourne CBD

John Elliott, a candidate for the City of Melbourne, has proposed the introduction of a 1.00 am common closure for Melbourne Nightclubs to curb violence. Others believe that the current problems associated with street violence will be exacerbated by such a measure and which have been previously trialled in Australia with little success. On a Friday…

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News for Victims of Crime: Melbourne Crime Rate 2011 -2012

Melbourne’s CBD crime rate in is more than double that of any other place in Victoria. The City of Yarra, including Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Richmond, comes in second. The City of Maribyrnong, including Footscray and Yarraville, comes in third. Most common crimes were robbery, assault and theft. Melbourne’s assault rate was about four times…

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Legal Services Board – Funding Justice Projects – Victoria

The Legal Services Board has recently awarded just over $2 million to ten recipients for projects aimed at promoting and improving the legal and justice system in Victoria. Two of the projects include: A grant of over $60K to investigate and propose the best approach to establishing a specialist court list to respond to child…

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Victims of Crime Counselling – Victoria

Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services provide a range of services to people who have experienced or witnessed violent crimes, including physical assault, aggravated burglaries, armed robberies, sexual abuse, stalking, domestic violence, homicide and so on. About 80% of crime victims are adults with 20% being under eighteen years of age. Younger victims may…

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Violence Escalating in Melbourne

According to a medical specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Martin Dutch, “the number of violent assaults had hugely increased in the past 30 months”. Lindsay Bent of Ambulance Victoria said that “nearly all of the inner city Ambulance crews on Friday and Saturday nights were tied up with alcohol-related injuries”. The majority of victims…

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Crimes Against Small Business in Victoria – 2011 to 2012

In 2011-12 in Victoria there were 77,676 crimes recorded against small businesses, such as petrol stations, convenience stores, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, a 4% increase over the previous year.  Aggravated burglaries increased by 22%.  Arson by 19%.  Burglaries involving people working from home by 16%.  Motor vehicle theft by 23%.  Crimes of deception by 3%.…

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News for Victims of Crime – Paroles Breaches – 2011 to 2012

In 2011 – 2012 1386 prisoners of 1843 prisoners on parole breached their parole orders, a 30% increase over the previous year. 659 prisoners had their parole cancelled, including 107 who recorded another conviction. 3 Victorians were murdered by parole violators during 2011 – 2012. Sex offenders breached court-ordered conditions 1192 times, a more than…

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Armed Robbery – Mooroolbark Convenience Store & Mentone TAB

On Thursday the 13-09-12 at around 6.00 pm a male assailant in his twenties entered the Mooroolbark Convenience Store and threatened the teenage staff member with a machete. The assailant then walked behind the shop counter, pushing the staff member away, before fleeing towards Maroondah Highway. On the same day an assailant armed with a…

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Victims of Crime Compensation Fund Defrauded of over $1million

A former employee of the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department is being investigated for more than twenty counts of abuse of public office involving the misappropriation of more than $1 million from the Victims of Crime Compensation Fund. Six men have also been arrested over allegations of misappropriation of money from the South Australian Victims of…

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