More Support for Crime Victims is on the Cards
A pilot program aimed at better supporting victims of crime after an offence is reported will be expanded across Western Australia after 97 per cent of trial respondents gave the initiative the thumbs up.WA Police developed a victim information card in consultation with the Commissioner for Victims of Crime Jennifer Hoffman and trialled it in the Armadale district in August and September last year.
Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Michelle Fyfe said the card provided victims with vital information, including the incident number of their offence, the names of the attending police officers and their contact details.
The A/Deputy Commissioner said positive feedback from both victims and officers had led to the program being rolled out in metropolitan and regional WA from this week.
“Victims appreciated keeping up to date with the progress via the CheckMyCrime function, and officers said the card made it easier to deal with victims,” she said.
“Victims want to feel that their report of a crime will be taken seriously and acted upon and this card goes a long way in achieving this by keeping them in touch with the officers attending the incident.”
Commissioner for Victims of Crime Jennifer Hoffman said there was also information on the card about how to access the Department of the Attorney General’s Victim Support and Child Witness Services and the Victims of Crime website, as well as details about other available resources for victims of crime.
“This initiative is part of the State Government’s ongoing commitment to recognise and support victims of crime,” Ms Hoffman said.
“I spend much of my time meeting with victims and hearing their thoughts on how the justice system can be improved, so I am pleased that this initiative has been developed and, with our input, has proved to be so successful.”
Fact File: Almost all victims who took part in the survey (97.1 per cent) said they would keep the card or pass it on to a family member who may need it rather than disposing of it. Several edits and additions to the card have been made, including increasing crime prevention resources and the addition of security, drug and alcohol, and mental health service contacts.