Good law or bad lore? The efficacy of criminal injuries compensation schemes for victims of sexual abuse: a new model of sexual assault provision                

 
Author(s)Forster, Christine
Title Good law or bad lore? The efficacy of criminal injuries compensation schemes for victims of sexual abuse : a new model of sexual assault provision
Source University of Western Australian Law Review 32 (2) December 2005: p. 264
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article analyses the effectiveness of the criminal injuries compensation schemes that operate in Australia to provide for the needs of sexual assault victims. The author proposes a new model of sexual assault provisions, based on the sexual assault provisions in the compensation schemes available in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, but greatly expanded. The model recommends a victim-centred approach, rather than offence-based and a key feature is the inclusion of separate adult and child tariffs, similar to the United Kingdom. The model contains guiding formulas to promote consistency among assessors and expands the meaning of injury and loss.
Keywords Compensation; reforms statutory compensation; child sexual assault
Topic

Compensation; sexual assault