Victims compensation: Vital for victims
In August 2011 the NSW Attorney-General announced the Victims Compensation Scheme would be reviewed. PricewaterhouseCoopers was appointed to conduct the review with a report due to government by June 2012. Despite repeated calls for this report to be made public, at the time of writing it still has not been released.
In September 2012, eighty leading human rights, health, community, women’s and legal organisations called on the NSW Attorney-General to retain and strengthen the NSW compensation scheme for victims of violent crime. This is particularly important for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (including child sexual assault)as the injuries suffered by these victims are often repeatedly sustained and the impact of these crimes is significant and long-lasting.