Victims of crime: Plea bargains, compensation, victim impact statements and support services

 
Author(s)Johns, Rowena
Title Victims of crime: Plea bargains, compensation, victim impact statements and support services
Source Briefing Paper No 10/02 NSW Parliamentary Library Research Service June 2002
Date 2002
Document type Research paper
Coverage NSW Australia
Summary This paper outlines and evaluates the services and rights available for crime victims in NSW and discusses some future directions. An overview is presented of the legislation, including the Charter of Victims Rights, followed by a discussion of victim impact statements, and the compensation and counselling schemes. Certain rights are also considered in depth: the sexual assault communications privilege, victim participation in the parole process and victims and plea bargaining. An overview is given of the key government departments offering services for victims together with the role of victim support groups.
Keywords Compensation; counselling; services; entitlements; victim impact statements; rights; community groups
Topic

Service delivery