Role of the Victims of Crime Commissioner
The Victims of Crime Commissioner is an independent statutory appointment of the ACT Attorney-General. The position is established pursuant to section 7 of theVictims of Crime Act 1994
The statutory functions of the Victims of Crime Commissioner are set out in section 11 of this Act. The responsibilities of the commissioner are briefly outlined here.
Agency head of Victim Support ACT
Overseeing the day-to-day functioning of Victim Support ACT and seeking to ensure the provision of efficient and effective services for victims of crime in the ACT.
Advocacy and Education
- advocating for the interests of victims of crime (both individual and systemic advocacy);
- consulting on and promoting reforms to meet the needs or priorities of victims of crime;
- developing educational and other programs to promote awareness of the interests of victims of crime;
- advising the ACT Attorney-General on matters in relation to victims of crime in the ACT.
- chairing the ACT Family Violence Intervention Program Coordinating Committee;
- assisting the Domestic Violence Prevention Council as advised;
- contributing to the Victims Advisory Board;
- contributing to the Sexual Assault Reform Program;
- encouraging and facilitating cooperation between agencies involved in the administration of justice in relation to victims of crime.
- monitoring and promoting compliance with the governing principles for the treatment of victims of crime;
- ensuring concerns and formal complaints about non-compliance with the governing principles are dealt with promptly and effectively.
More information on the obligations of criminal justice agencies is available here. If you believe that you have received treatment by a criminal justice agency (for example the police) that is not consistent with the governing principles, you may wish to speak to the relevant agency or submit a concerns form to the Victims of Crime Commissioner.
If you would prefer to speak with a Victim Support ACT staff member about your concern, you can contact Victim Support ACT at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1800 822 272.
Domestic Violence Project Coordinator
By separate appointment, the Victims of Crime Commissioner also performs the statutory functions of the Domestic Violence Project Coordinator. This is a statutory appointment under section 11 of the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986. More information is available here.