More than windmills & four wheel drives: An interagency perspective on responding to crime in rural areas

Author(s)Victim Support Service (South Australia)
Title More than windmills & four wheel drives: An interagency perspective on responding to crime in rural areas
Source Conference paper September 2008.
Date 2008
Document type Conference paper
Coverage South Australia
URL http://archive.victimsa.org/files/articles-and-presentations/more-than-windmills-and-four-wheel-drives---vss-regional-team.pdf
Summary This paper explores the different ways in which rural victims experience crime and gain access to the criminal justice system and other services. The principles of the Victim Support Service (VSS) service delivery model, and the strengths of this model are outlined. The paper discusses some of the difficulties victims in rural areas face, such as reporting the crime where there is only one police officer; confidentiality; and difficulties women face leaving domestic violence. The paper then discusses some of the difficulties with service provision including access to help; skilled service providers and confidentiality problems they face. Some particular challenges relate to country circuits of the courts with limited assistance for victim witnesses and a low number of compensation applications received from victims in rural areas. The authors aim to continue to explore ways that will obtain equity for all crime victims, such as using improved technology to support service delivery in remote areas.
Keywords Rural; service delivery; criminal justice system
Topic Service delivery