Victims Of Crime In Australia

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Quite often a person who has become the victim of a crime can be left quite traumatised. They can experience shock, numbness, anger and disbelief. They can often develop long term problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This report sourced information from the NSW Department of Justice, Victims Services using the website, publications and associated literature. It found that Victims Services has much to offer in terms of support, referrals and information for victims of crime.

Introduction

A victim is a person who has experienced at least one incidence of personal or household crime. These incidence includes ………(mental, psychical abuse)
According from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is clear that there is a demand
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Fear of re-victimisation has been connected to poor mental health, including anxiety and depression. This impacts upon participation in everyday activities, use of public space and interaction with others. (Hanley & Ruppanner, 2014). Given the figures provided, it is not surprising that there is a need for services which offer support, advice and referrals to people who are experiencing the impacts of crime. In addition, it creates change in relation to the impact of crime on Australians.
NSW Department of Justice offers Victims Services as part of the service , and provides information and support for victims of crime. A thorough analysis of the service’s website demonstrates that the they are dedicated to providing a range of information, referrals and services to people who are seeking support for their experience of crime. The website contains information relating to support for children, victims of sexual assault and other crimes, and families and friends of missing persons and information about victim’s rights and how to get support throughout the justice system.
The types of support offered by Victims Services
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Using a practise based framework for social justice, it can be determined that Victims Services is able to provide services, information, referrals and support to people who are experiencing impacts of crime on their lives and instil a sense of hope and balance. Through their involvement with Victim of Crime Research Agenda, there able to ensure knowledge about issues effecting victims of crime. This is continually updated and adapt their services to accommodate the needs of the service users. It creates change not only in the lives of victims but in the pool of knowledge surrounding the

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