The State simply doesn’t do enough for victims of crime. Real strategies aimed at helping victims of crime need to be adopted if our idea of a compassionate society is something we really want to achieve and some of the suggestions put up at a recent victim support conference are good ideas that need some exploring by Government. With a dirty great surplus, it is the least we can do to those hurt by the actions of others.
State should repay costs of crime, says Victim Support
Victim Support groups are proposing a radical "parallel justice system" that would compensate victims for crimes even where the offending criminals can't be caught or can't pay.
They also want legal aid for victims on the same basis as offenders - a move which chief executive Marie Knight admits "would probably almost double the legal aid bill", currently $97 million a year.