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First public forum gives victims of crime a voice

06/05/2015

Victims of crime will soon have the opportunity to meet victim representatives face to face, express their views and hear about work the State Government is doing to support them.

During Law Week, Commissioner for Victims of Crime Jennifer Hoffman and the Victims of Crime Reference Group will hold a public forum for victims to share their experiences and raise issues about how victims are included in the justice system.

Attorney General Michael Mischin had announced during Law Week last year that this year’s program would include a victims-focussed event.

The event will include a presentation on work currently being carried out on victims’ issues, followed by an opportunity to meet and speak to the Commissioner and reference group members.

“As part of the State Government’s strong ongoing commitment to recognising and supporting victims of crime, I am very pleased to announce this public forum will take place on Friday May 15,” Commissioner Jennifer Hoffman said.

“There is certainly no-one better placed to talk to Government about victims’ issues than those who have been victims themselves. They know first-hand where the justice system works, and where improvements could be made.”

Ms Hoffman said she and the reference group were looking forward to meeting those who will attend and hearing their views.

“We see this as a real opportunity to establish a relationship between victims of crime and the Government agencies and other groups which seek to represent and advocate for them,” she said.

“The best outcomes for victims come from strong relationships and ongoing consultation, and this is another step in that process,” Ms Hoffman said.

Those wishing to attend must book in advance by contacting the Coordinator on 9264 1600 or email cvoc@justice.wa.gov.au.

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