John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Community Violence Green Paper - public comment deadline nears

    26/03/2006 8:59 AM
     
    26/3/06

    People who want to respond to the State Government’s groundbreaking strategy to tackle community violence have less than a week left to ensure their comment is received.

    Community Safety Minister John D’Orazio said people had until March 31 to comment on the Community Violence Green Paper on strategies to prevent and reduce violence, which was publicly released in December last year.

    Mr D’Orazio said recommendations made in the paper included:
    • measures to address workplace violence;
    • increased intervention programs for children;
    • support for victims;
    • education for over-represented groups; and
    • initiatives targeting alcohol-related and drug-fuelled violence.
    “Our Government is very keen to ensure that the widest range of responses are considered in developing the final strategy, which will be released later this year,” he said.

    “Although crime figures, particularly for burglary, have fallen in Western Australia, violent crime has increased over the last decade, reflecting both national and international trends.

    “Violent crime inflicts enormous trauma on its victims and costs the State more than $140million per year.

    “Last year there were nearly 21,000 assaults reported to police, and hospital emergency departments dealt with almost 7,000 assault-related cases.

    "Everyone in our community can play a role in improving community safety and security - it should not just be left to Government agencies.”

    As well as seeking public comment, the Government has held two major public consultation forums in Perth, including one specifically for indigenous people, and forums in regional centres throughout the State.

    Copies of the green paper and details for public responses are available from the Office of Crime Prevention's website http://www.crimeprevention.wa.gov.au or by telephoning 9222 9733.

    Minister's office: 9213 7150