Help for Victims of Crime

15 Sep 2009 2:45 PMJann Stuckey

15 September 2009

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has applauded new legislation that will enable victims of crime to gain early assistance to help them move on with their lives.

“Legislation passed by parliament recently allows easier access for victims of crime to receive aid and financial assistance in a timely manner,” said Ms Stuckey

“Until now, countless victims have had to wait extended periods of time before they could access therapeutic and other treatments, and the contents of this new model will allow for earlier intervention in the form of services and monetary help.

“Almost instantaneous relief can be provided to not only victims of crime but also to families struggling to piece together shattered lives in the wake of violent offences against their loved ones.

“Under the new laws funds would be made available quickly to attain essential services such as counselling.

“This is a much more remedial approach and one that hopefully will provide better outcomes for individuals and their families who have been traumatised by crimes inflicted upon them than the old regime of waiting years for compensation.

“Making avenues of rehabilitation available soon after a violent incident is way more important to the long term well-being of the victim than being given a chunk of money years after the offence with little or no direction on how to best use it.

 “All too often there was limited benefit because of the passage of time since the violence was perpetrated.

“Notably the legislation also contains ways and means of recovering money from the offenders and the option to refer unpaid debts to a Penalties Enforcement Registry.

“This legislation is a positive step towards making criminals pay for their offences against the community.

“It is to be hoped these laws will ease the distress and suffering for victims whose world has been turned upside down, and help them to build the strength and confidence they require to lead meaningful and happy lives.