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Compensation for victims of crime: health and financial considerations

Author(s)Freckelton, Ian
Title Compensation for victims of crime: health and financial considerations.
Source Paper submitted for the XIth International Symposium on Victimology.13-18 July 2003, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Date 2003
Document type Conference paper
Coverage Australia
Summary This paper examines criminal injures compensation in Australia. Consideration is given to the international context and the experiences of Great Britain, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, and Europe are briefly discussed, together with some of the applicable international instruments. Building on this background, the author examines the Australian compensation schemes and discusses six phases in the provision of compensation: pre-legislative; early legislative; next legislative; legalistic and expensive; backlash, and finally, a re-evaluation or re-adjustment period. The author discusses the future for compensation schemes in Australia and suggests that a combination of two forms of response, money and health and counselling, is necessary if victims are to be assisted to resume their previous levels of functionality.
Keywords Compensation; criminal injuries compensation schemes; assistance; victims needs
Topic Compensation