26 September 2023

Victim-survivors group new seek members

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The Department of Justice wants victim-survivors of crime to lend their voice to work being done by the Victims of Crime Reference Group.

The high-level advocacy group, reconstituted more than two years ago to advise the State’s Attorney General on victims’ issues, is seeking new members.

The group was established to influence policy, programs and services for victims of crime and identify emerging risks and issues.

Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Kati Kraszlan (pictured), Co-chairs the group, which has been looking at ways justice-related Agencies can improve outcomes and reduce harm to victims.

Its work has included contributing to the draft Victims of Crime Strategy, designed to be a blueprint for how victims of crime are treated across Government.

The group has also endorsed improvements to the Victims of Crime Act 1994, including widening the definition of ‘victim’.

Senior figures from key Government Agencies, such as the Western Australia Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, provide expertise to the group.

Attorney General, John Quigley said he had ordered the re-establishment of the group to ensure the voices of victims of crime were heard.

“They have already given valuable feedback on key issues,” Mr Quigley said.

“After 14 months of dedicated community service, some of the current reference group members have moved on to other roles and I would like to thank them for their contribution.”

Applications to join the group close on 16 June.

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