The Commissioner for Victims of Crime has particular responsibility to ensure that both members of the public and government agencies are aware of the Victims of Crime Act 1994 and of their corresponding rights and responsibilities under that Act.
Commissioner for Victims of Crime Jennifer Hoffman will hold a Law Week event at which people who work, live, and socialise with victims of crime will be encouraged to find out how to help and support them.
The Commissioner has called for members of the public, including community organisations, sporting clubs and local government representatives, to attend a free meeting with herself and the Victims of Crime Reference Group.
“Last year, for my first Law Week event, it was important to give victims of crime the opportunity to meet me and members of the group and to get an idea of our priorities for better supporting them in their interaction with the justice system,” Ms Hoffman said.
“This year, I am extending the invitation out further to the organisations which come into contact with victims of crime, whether it’s the local football club or perhaps a local council.
“It would be great if representatives of these organisations can come along, learn a bit more about the issues and what help is available,” the Commissioner said.
The morning tea will be held at the Holiday Inn on Monday 16 May at 788 Hay Street in Perth between 10am and 11:30am.
Bookings are essential and must be confirmed by 6 May on 9264 1600 or www.trybooking.com/LDIX.
A new community education initiative comprises a series of videos to provide information to victims of crime to assist them navigate the criminal justice system. The first three videos completed include:
Your Voice: Overview
This video provides information to assist victims of crime understand how they could be involved in the criminal justice system and support services they can access. It explains the standards of treatment victims of crime can rightly expect in accordance with the guidelines of the Victims of Crime Act 1994.
Your Voice: Victim Impact Statement
A Victim Impact Statement (VIS) tells the judge or magistrate about how a crime has affected you. It may be taken into account when the offender is sentenced. This video includes information about a VIS, when they are required, who can write one and what could be considered for inclusion.
Your Voice: Children and Adolescent Witnesses
Young people are often witnesses in court proceedings. This video has been developed to assist young victims of crime, and other young people, prepare to give evidence in Court.
Commissioner for Victims of Crime
GPO Box F317
PERTH WA 6841
Phone: (08) 9264 9877 or (08) 9425 2850
Freecall: 1800 818 988
Last updated: 22-Aug-2016
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