Victims Of Crime Consultative Committee Announced By Acting Attorney-General

Victims Of Crime Consultative Committee Announced By Acting Attorney-General

Acting Victoria Attorney-General Gayle Tierney

Appointments To Victims Of Crime Consultative Committee

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government today announced the appointment of 7 community members who have been victims of crime to serve as representatives on the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee.

Representatives all have experience in dealing with the impact of serious crimes and will play a vital role providing advice to government on how the justice system can better support victims of crime.

“This is about ensuring victims of crime have a voice in our justice system through the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee.” Acting Attorney-General Gayle Tierney said.

“New committee members will make an important contribution to the Victorian community, by providing insights into the needs of victims.”

Following an expressions-of-interest process earlier this year the committee is as follows for the next 2 years:

  • Ms. Veronique Jahoo,
  • Ms. Sandra Gray,
  • Ms. Kasey Spengler,
  • Mr. Matthew Cronin,
  • Mr. Joel Vernon,
  • Ms. Natasha Cook,
  • Ms. Kerryn Robertson.

Representatives will meet as part of the committee 4 times a year and may also be called upon to meet more frequently to consult on victims’ issues.

Victims of Crime Consultative Committee provides victims with a formal role in helping to shape Victoria’s criminal justice system.

Victims of Crime Consultative Committee also includes:

  • Victims of Crime Commissioner,
  • Representatives of Victoria Police,
  • Office of Public Prosecutions,
  • Judiciary,
  • Adult Parole Board,
  • Victims’ service agencies.

These appointments replace community representatives:

  • Ms. Sandra Betts,
  • Ms. Helen Cross,
  • Ms. Noelle Dickson,
  • Ms. Meliza Ludowyke,
  • Mr. Richard Prowse,
  • Ms. Carol Turner,
  • Ms. Jennifer Debnam-Williams.

In May 2017, the State Government announced $28.5 Million to boost the number of frontline staff and support services for victims, witnesses and vulnerable children.

“In the 2018/19 Budget, we provided $7.2 Million for the Victims Assistance Program to provide enhanced support to victims including through case management and recovery support, the Victims of Crime Helpline and support workers.” Acting Attorney-General Gayle Tierney said.

“We also provided $2.9 Million to extend the intermediary scheme, which involves communication specialists helping children and vulnerable people provide evidence to Police and in court.”