Inexplicably, it seems lawbreakers have more rights than their victims. The courts shelter violent criminals and sex offenders and their identities are protected, regardless of the consequences to public safety. The Liberal Nationals Coalition will re-adjust the scales of justice to protect the forgotten victims and put their interests first.

Knowledge is power

Sexual offences are on the rise in Victoria. The Crime Statistics Agency reported criminal incidents, with the principal offence being sexual offences, rose by 13.4% from March 2017 to March 2018.

Currently, the Victorian Sex Offenders Register is tightly regulated with no public access. The Coalition Government will introduce a searchable Public Sex Offenders Register to alert Victorians to the risks in their neighborhoods so they can protect their families from these predators. The Local and Individual search categories will have safeguards in place to determine the legitimacy of those enquiring. In comparison, the Missing Offenders search will freely provide any members of the public with photographs and personal details of serious adult sex offenders who have provided false information or failed in their reporting obligations.

Supporting sex victims Victoria Sexual offences rose by 13.4% in Victoria from March 2017 to March 2018.

Some of the worst aspects of crime are the headlines of family violence involving victims who were unaware of violent acts previously committed by their partners. We must employ all possible interventions to maximize safety for women and children.

The Liberal Nationals Government will work with the police to introduce a ‘Right to Know’ Family Violence Disclosure scheme, giving people the right to ask and the right to know about any history of violence of a domestic partner.

“This plan will save lives and protect many, many people, particularly women. We want to make sure people at risk of family violence aren’t kept in the dark” announced Victoria’s Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy.

Some of the worst aspects of crime are the headlines of family violence involving victims who were unaware of violent acts previously committed by their partners. We must employ all possible interventions to maximize safety for women and children.

The Liberal Nationals Government will work with the police to introduce a ‘Right to Know’ Family Violence Disclosure scheme, giving people the right to ask and the right to know about any history of violence of a domestic partner.

“This plan will save lives and protect many, many people, particularly women. We want to make sure people at risk of family violence aren’t kept in the dark” announced Victoria’s Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy.

Giving Victims a Voice

The Victims of Crime Commissioner will be empowered to review complaints by victims and have an effective full-time role, not just a part-time position as it currently stands under the Labor Government. Many victims feel disconnected from the trial process – prosecutors keep them out of the loop and only inform them at the eleventh hour of deals made with the defendant for reduced sentences. The Coalition will make it obligatory for prosecutors to consult with victims and provide them a more prominent role in the trial process. Judges and juries will hear the grief and torment suffered by families through their uncut victim impact statements.

Many victims feel disconnected with the trial process and don’t feel they are able to convey their voice.

Make them pay

Convicted felons invariably fail to pay restitution despite court orders and the only way to make them pay is for victims to sue them in civil court. This will change; under a Liberal Nationals Government, victims will have easier access to compensation and restitution for personal injury and property damage from criminals. They will also be better informed of possible entitlements by investigators and prosecutors and given access to legal assistance. Criminals should pay financially for the suffering they have caused and if they haven’t got the resources, there’s no reason why their superannuation should be protected. The Coalition intends to explore all avenues to garnishee these funds and any other assets our worst criminals may gain in the future, to compensate victims in the only possible way.

 

Sources:
https://vic.liberal.org.au/News/2018-07-09/100-positive-policies-for-victoria-and-counting