The Criminal Injuries Compensation Acts: do they discriminate against female victims of violence?

 
Author(s)Whitney, Karen
Title The Criminal Injuries Compensation Acts: do they discriminate against female victims of violence?
Source Southern Cross University Law Review; (1) September 1997: 92-119.
Date 1997
Document type Journal article
Coverage Western Australia
Summary This article examines the Western Australian Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1985 and argues that it discriminates against female victims of violence. The remedy available under the act is outlined, together with conditions of eligibility. The author then discusses the differences in the experiences of male and female victims, explaining that female victims are less likely to report violence to the police. It is asserted that the central paradigm underlying the legislation is that it is built on the 'stranger violence model', which does not reflect the experience of female victims. The author also raises concerns around the assessor having virtually no public accountability and the possibilities of abuses of power occurring. Some particular case studies are examined in detail to support the claims of discrimination.
Keywords Compensation; female victims; assessors
Topic Compensation