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Peak Body’s Concerns Ignored Regarding Victims Bill

Contents

  1. What is a Victim?
  2. Victims of Crime
  3. The Case of Andrew Garforth
  4. Politicising Grief
  5. Role of Victims in Sentencing and Security Classification

Conclusion

Overall, allowing community vitriol to be directed at prisoners like Andrew Garforth distracts from society’s compassion for victims and their families, and does not help with their reintegration into everyday life. Politicisation of grief is deplorable, and undermines the welfare of victims, their families, and the prisoners under scrutiny.

References

  1. Enough is Enough, Victim of Crime Support (30 July 2015), Anti-Violence Movement Inc.
  2. VOCAL, Welcome to VOCAL (2015), Victims of Crime Assistance League
  3. HVSG, Grief – Understanding Your Reactions (20 August 2015), Homicide Victims’ Support Group
  4. Channel 9, ‘Ebony’, A Current Affair13 July 2015
  5. Miles Godfrey, ‘Ebony Simpson’s killer Andrew Peter Garforth will ‘die in jail’ says Corrective Services Minister David Elliott’, The Daily Telegraph (online), 21 August 2015
  6. Channel 9, above n 2.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Godfrey, above n 3.
  9. Tim Barlass, ‘NSW Premier Mike Baird admits crime compensation ‘mistake’ after Katrina Keshishian campaign’, The Sydney Morning Herald (online), 15 March 2015
  10. Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 (NSW) s 68.

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