- To advise Attorney General on Government policy
- More proportioned representation
A newly-constituted group which aims to ensure victims’ voices are heard will today meet for the first time.
Comprised of victims of crime, various professionals in related fields and chaired by the Hon. Cheryl Edwardes, the group will advise Attorney General Christian Porter and the State Government on victims’ issues.
“The group’s responsibilities include advising the Attorney General on existing or potential Government policies which affect victims of crime, consulting with victims of crime directly, and promoting appropriate reforms which meet the needs of victims,” Mr Porter said.
“It is particularly important that the group be representative of the various groups which tend to be disproportionately represented as victims of certain kinds of crime in Western Australia, for example senior citizens and persons from certain ethnic community backgrounds.”
After a public call for membership, Dr Ann O’Neill, Hannah McGlade, Eliza Mooney and Jennifer Snell have joined the group.
Dr O’Neill is a long-time victims’ advocate and the current director of angelhands, which gives information and support to people affected by serious crime.
Ms Mooney is a secondary victim of homicide and has a strong interest in promoting the needs of victims of crime. She works for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Ms McGlade is an advocate for Aboriginal women and children affected by violence and abuse and is also the CEO of the Aboriginal Family Law Service.
Ms Snell is focused on improving services for victims of crime and currently works for Relationships Australia.
An early task for the group will be to consider applicants for two more positions allotted to victims of crime.
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