Media Release

14 September 2017

Guy-O’Donohue: Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group

Thursday 14 September 2017

Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group

The inaugural meeting of the Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group was held at Parliament House today to continue the process of putting victims first and criminals last.

For too long victims have been ignored whilst the focus has seemingly been on the so-called rights of violent criminals.

The Liberal Nationals have formed this reference group to help develop policy and to ensure that victims’ rights are front and centre of the justice system in Victoria.

The reference group includes a number of victims of crime who have not only been traumatised by the crime itself but also by their subsequent treatment by the justice system.  Other members include former youth justice workers, a former senior police officer, a police chaplain, a Justice of the Peace and a member of the legal community.

The Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group will regularly meet to help develop and assess law and order policies that will advance the rights of victims and their families.

Attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy:

We have a four point plan to make Victoria safe – more police on the beat; mandatory minimum sentencing for repeat violent offenders; tougher conditions for bail; and the principle that parole is a privilege not a right.

Our Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group will help us develop and improve our four point plan to make Victoria safe and put the interests of victims and their families first.

Attributable to Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue:

Under Daniel Andrews there have never been so many victims of crime with rates up nearly 20% since December 2014.

Nearly every Victorians family has been impacted by the crime tsunami that Daniel Andrews has been unable to control, this group will be advice for those victims and their families.