Between a rock and a hard place: women victims of domestic violence and the Western Australian Criminal Injuries Compensation Act

Author(s)Jurevic, Linda
Title Between a rock and a hard place: women victims of domestic violence and the Western Australian Criminal Injuries Compensation Act
Source Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, Vol. 3 , No. 2, July 1996, 18 p.
Date 1996
Document type Journal article
Coverage Western Australia
URL http://www.murdoch.edu.au/elaw/issues/v3n2/jurevic.html
Summary This article examines the treatment of victims of domestic violence applying for compensation by the Office of the Assessor for Criminal Injuries Compensation in Western Australia. A general overview of criminal injuries compensation is given, and some of the barriers faced by domestic violence victims are discussed, using case scenarios. The main barriers in the legislation that may reduce or allow an award to be refused concern contributory behaviour, failure to cooperate with law enforcement and the requirement that the award cannot benefit the offender. The author concludes by suggesting that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act contains inappropriate and inconsistent standards denying victims of domestic violence due compensation.
Keywords Domestic violence; compensation; Western Australia
Topic Domestic violence; compensation