Crime victims welcome funds

Ms Haberley said other Australian states had commissioners so it was great that WA was ‘catching up’ and acknowledging the need in this state.

‘It’s very exciting and very positive because it gives people affected by crime a central point of contact and one person to go to,’ she said.

On the eve of going in to caretaker mode, the Liberal National Government announced it would establish a five-year role for a commissioner and boosted funding for victims of crime by $3 million.

Premier Colin Barnett said capacity would be expanded at the Child Witness Service, Victim Support Service and Family Violence Intervention Service.

‘This additional funding will benefit family and domestic violence victims, child witnesses and victims, and those affected by serious crimes,’ Mr Barnett said.

‘The commissioner will champion the interests of victims across Government and ensure victims receive the support, recognition and help they need in dealing with the criminal justice system.’

angelhands founder Ann O’Neill sits on the Victims of Crime Reference Group that advises the Government in this area.