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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Victim Support


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.

5 Comments:

At 26/10/06 5:28 pm, Anonymous deano said...

Is the moon blue today?

 
At 26/10/06 10:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im hoping this is for serious crimes ie rape, murder, home invasions? otherwise we are just becoming a country 'making' victims..everyone coped just fine in th days preceding 'victim support' didnt they...what we need is fewer people seeing themselves as victims and simply suck it up and get over it

 
At 26/10/06 10:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a lot of criminal support, in the old days it was criminals who had to suck it up, if you want to meet a bunch of whining victims go visit some poor little crims.

There is no victim support.

All victims might get is an offer to sit down with some stupid (christian) in a polyester cardigan and talk about it, ever tried talking to an idiot, its an insult and these smug morons just make things worse.

What people used to have was real support, not cowwwwwnnnnseeeelllling and prayers but real help, if someone is in trouble they want and deserve practical help.

If some punk has stolen your neighbours lawn mower offer to mow the lawns, if their car has been stolen offer to pick up the kids, take them to doctors appointments. If they are injured go round and clean the house, cook dinner and look after the kids.

Then there is money – if someone’s wallet is stolen they need to buy the food pay some bills how does talking about losing your property or not being able to pay bills make it OK.

Don’t waste even more money on self-serving, useless, do-gooders and their churches, give the money straight to the victims. I always feel a whole lot better when my bills are paid and there is food in the fridge.

 
At 27/10/06 8:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did a few trials and it was very disturbing to see the only people not supported by an army of suits was the victim.

One trial in particular upset me, the victim, who had permanent brain damage, was alone, and confused while his 4 attackers had, between them, 8 lawyers, who were highly amused by the whole thing, couldn’t see the joke myself but then laughing all the way to bank is probably fun if you have no ethics.

Having said that please no more money to lawyers.

 
At 31/10/06 1:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this compensation to be extended to the hidden victims of crime, the falsely accused?

 

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