Minimum Two Year Sentences for Young Offenders in Victoria

Recently Victoria’s Attorney-General, Robert Clark, and Community Services Minister, Mary Wooldridge, launched a discussion paper on youth diversion which called for an expansion of diversion programs for juveniles who commit offences. The Coalition has said that they will still push ahead with minimum two-year sentences for young offenders guilty of intentionally or recklessly causing serious…

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Victoria’s Homicide Rate 2011 – 2012

Victoria’s rate of murder and manslaughter has climbed by 44% during 2011 – 2012, equaling NSW. Homicides, according to Criminologists, can be a reliable benchmark for crime since they have high reporting rates and are generally immune to police operations. In most murder cases in Victoria they were related to domestic violence or the victim…

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News for Victims of Crime: Physical Assault – Melbourne CBD – Victoria

On Saturday the 09-09-12 at around 5.00 am a violent altercation erupted between a group of men in Queen Street. Two men were stabbed, a nineteen-year-old, who was treated at The Alfred Hospital, and a twenty-year-old -year-old, who was treated at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, while a third nineteen-year-old male received head injuries and was…

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Victims of Crime in Victoria – Support Assistance & Reforms

Abstract Voltaire remarked that ‘the longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.’  Sadly, for many victims of crime in Victoria this reflection is painfully true.  Victims of crime, especially violent crime, can be plagued by feelings of confusion, danger and trauma; it is important, therefore, for victims to receive…

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Armed Robbery – Lilydale Retail Store

On Saturday the 01-08-12 at around 6.00 pm a thirty-three-year-old male assailant robbed the Lilydale Retail Store with a weapon. The forty-three-year-old Shop Assistant was physically assaulted and sustained minor back injuries and treated at the Maroondah Hospital. The assailant was promptly arrested by police at a nearby location and due to appear at court…

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Wantirna South Convenience Store – Armed Robbery

On Tuesday the 29-08-12 at around 1.00 am a male offender entered the Wantirna South Convenience Store and threatened the male staff member with an axe before fleeing with some cash and a packet of cigarettes. The offender was wearing a hooded top and cream cap and sported a goatee.  For financial support and professional advice call…

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News for Victims of Crime: Melbourne CBD – Physical Assaults & Robbery

On Saturday the 25-08-12 at around 12.30 am a nineteen-year-old male as well as two others he was with were attacked by a gang in Flinders Lane in the Melbourne CBD. Approximately one hour later the gang attacked a forty-three-year-old male with rocks and demanded his phone and wallet. A short time later, at around…

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Physical Assault, Abduction & Robbery – Springvale Victoria

On the 16-08-12 at around 7.40 pm a seventeen-year-old male was walking through Springvale when he was forced into a motor vehicle and assaulted by four teenage males. The assailants released the victim sometime later and he immediately reported the incident to the police. The police later that evening arrested four males aged from seventeen…

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