Napthine Government looking after victims of serious crime

  • · A re-elected Napthine Government to establish support service for victims of serious crime
  • · $620,000 over four years committed to create the Victims of Crime Crisis Support program 
  •  Napthine Government building a safer Victoria

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today announced that a re-elected Napthine Government will commit $620,000 over four years to create the Victims of Crime Crisis Support Program (VCCSP). The VCCSP will provide immediate crisis support to victims and their families following a serious crime.

“When a loved one is murdered or taken away in a road accident, or if a family member suffers a life-threatening injury, it is horrendous and in most cases, changes lives forever,” Mr Wells said.

“This program will provide support to those who need it the most in a time of real need.”

“It is a pioneering initiative that will combine crisis intervention, practical support and will ensure victims are put in touch with other appropriate services to provide ongoing support and assistance.”

“It will mean when people find themselves in these tragic circumstances experiencing trauma and going through their hardest time, they won’t have to think about where to go for help and support.

“The Napthine Government has delivered an unparalleled law and order agenda since coming to office in 2010 that includes the appointment of Victoria’s first Victims of Crime Commissioner, Greg Davies,” Mr Wells said.

Mr Wells said the program would be spearheaded by former Police Chaplain Reverend Jim Pilmer, who together with outgoing Member for Kew Andrew McIntosh, worked to design the new scheme.

Mr McIntosh said he was thrilled the Napthine Government would establish a body to provide comfort and support for crime victims and their families when they need it most.

“The VCCSP will also benefit the hard working men and women in emergency services, enabling them to focus on their roles and at the same time know that victims are being cared for,” Mr McIntosh said.

Reverend Pilmer said the VCCSP would initially work out of the Victoria Police homicide squad offices on St Kilda Road.

“They will be able to go with the family to the hospital while they sit at the bedside of a critically injured family member, or attend the coronial services centre with family members when they are called upon to identify a loved one,” Reverend Pilmer said.

Mr Wells said the VCCSP will ensure that responders are trained in a broad range of issues extending well beyond normal chaplaincy services. “Training will include issues such as how to contact an undertaker, as well as how to support families of different faiths and cultural backgrounds,” Mr Wells said.

“They will be on the ground immediately and ready to help,” Mr Wells said.

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