Edwardes joins support group

Director Nicole Haberley with angelhands ambassador Cheryl Edwardes. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d415858
Director Nicole Haberley with angelhands ambassador Cheryl Edwardes. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d415858

Ms Edwardes joins the Maylands-based non-profit group in an official capacity with a wealth of experience.

She was the Victims of Crime Reference Group chairwoman from 1987-2013 and as Attorney General in 1994 she established the first victims of crime legislation to give victims a voice.

Ms Edwardes said the legislation enabled victims to present impact statements in court so they were recognised as a key person in the justice system.

‘I want to ensure victims and the community know about angelhands because you never know when you are likely to experience traumatic events,’ she said.

‘The opportunities angelhands can give are different to other support agencies. There’s still a long way to go because victims today still don’t know where to go and get help.’

angelhands offers counselling services, weekend retreats and Befriending training.

In 2012, the group partnered with Victims Support Australia to win the right to host the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology from July 5-9.

To sponsor the symposium, email director@angelhands.org.au.