Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    Proceeds of crime grant helps SW victims

    15/02/2012 12:00 AM
    • $58,697 grant to help victims of crime in the South-West
    Attorney General Christian Porter has announced a grant offer of $58,697 to the Bunbury Community Legal Centre so it can help victims of crime obtain violence restraining orders and apply for criminal injuries compensation.
    In the latest round of the State Government’s criminal property confiscation grants program, 14 grants totalling $1.76million have been offered to local government and non-profit community groups.

    “In a two-year pilot program in the South-West, the centre will legally represent low-income or socially-disadvantaged victims of either family and domestic violence or other criminal acts, who are not eligible for Legal Aid but cannot afford their own lawyer,” Mr Porter said.

    The Legal Centre said it would assist two categories of victims of crime, those who were not eligible for criminal injuries compensation but needed to obtain a violence restraining order to be protected from a particular individual, and those who had been injured as a result of a criminal act and were eligible to make a claim for criminal injuries compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act.

    It will have one of its solicitors at the Bunbury and Busselton Magistrates Courts on days when restraining orders are heard, and will also offer some clients family law advice.

    In terms of criminal injuries compensation, the centre will advertise in local newspapers that it can help eligible victims of crime make a criminal injuries claim, including clients as far afield as Narrogin, Collie, Harvey, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Busselton and Margaret River.

    The criminal property confiscation grants program allows local governments and non-profit community groups to apply for up to $200,000 seized under the State’s tough proceeds of crime laws to fight criminal activity, tackle drug-related issues and help victims of crime.

    The grants are released to the applicants once they have met certain pre-conditions, including contributing in-kind support to the project they are going to run.
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