Victims' needs, victims' rights: policies and programs for victims of crime in Australia

Author(s) Cook, Bree, David, Fiona and Grant, Anna
Title Victims' needs, victims' rights: policies and programs for victims of crime in Australia
Source Research and public policy series no. 19. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, June 1999
Date 1999
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
URL http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/C/E/A/%7BCEA35554-6D50-460D-A31F-4A51117F1A9D%7Dfull_report.pdf
Summary This extensive report outlines the services available for victims of crime in Australia. It is based on an extensive literature review, interviews and surveys with service providers, law enforcement agencies, and non-government agencies in Australia. Services are examined under six broad areas: crime victimisation, the impact of crime on victims; responses to victims of crime, the development of victim support in Australia, an overview of services, and responses and policy opportunities. A number of common factors were identified in the study, including the need for integration and coordination for successful service delivery to victims of crime. One of the main criticisms from participants was the isolation of the judicial system from other services. Rural areas continue to be a challenge, and a lack of services for some vulnerable victims of crime. Another finding was the perceived lack of funding or concern over the way services were funded which did not allow long-term planning. The authors recommend a review of the methods of funding services for victims of crime.
Keywords Service delivery; victims services.
Topic Service delivery