Victoria Minister for Victim Support Ben Carroll
Top Advocate Appointed As Victims Of Crime Commissioner
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government has today announced the appointment of a leading advocate for women and children at risk of family violence as Victoria’s new Victims of Crime Commissioner.
Minster for Victim Support Ben Carroll today announced that Fiona McCormack, former CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, will serve as the new Commissioner from 8 July 2019.
“It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important responsibility advocating on behalf of victims of crime.” Victims of Crime Commissioner Fiona McCormack said.
Ms. McCormack has more than 20 years’ experience working with communities and governments to improve outcomes for women and children at risk of family violence.
“Fiona is a leader in victim advocacy both here in Victoria and overseas she has worked tirelessly to help improve outcomes for victim survivors of family violence something I’m sure she’ll continue to do in this new role.” Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said.
“I congratulate her on her appointment, and I also want to thank Greg Davies for his service as the first Victims of Crime Commissioner for Victoria.”
Victims of Crime Commissioner is an independent and central point of contact for victims of violent crime who have experienced difficulties in their dealings with the justice system and government agencies.
Victims of Crime Commissioner also acts as a voice for victims of crime in the justice system and advocates on their behalf to government, public prosecution agencies and Victoria Police.
Andrews Government has boosted the Commissioner’s role and given them expanded powers to better support victims involved in the justice system.
“Victims of Crime Commissioner plays a key role in advocating the needs of victims, something Fiona has significant experience in, having worked with victim survivors of family violence for many years.” Minister for Victim Support Ben Carroll said.
Expanded powers give the Commissioner the ability to review the outcome of a victim’s complaint under the Victims Charter Act, as well as making recommendations to improve the practices of relevant agencies. The Commissioner’s expanded monitoring, oversight and reporting functions come into effect in November.