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Have your say about rights for victims of crime in the ACT

Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury opened public consultation to develop the ACT's first Charter of Rights on Friday 22 June.  ACT Government is seeking your feedback at www.yoursay.act.gov.au

Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates encourages victims of crime in the ACT to share their views with the ACT Government to inform the development of the Charter.

The previous Victims of Crime Commissioner published a Consultation Report in December 2017 highlighting important insights based on early consultation with victims of crime.

What is the Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime?

The ACT Government is committed to delivering Charter to ensure all victims of crime can access:

  • information, support and opportunities to have a voice as their case progresses through the justice system and
  • a complaints system to ensure justice agencies are held accountable for delivering victims’ rights.
Why participate?

The Government is seeking feedback on three key issues as part of its consultation of a Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime:

  • How information could be provided in an accurate and timely way to victims of crime about justice processes and their case
  • What other opportunities exist for victims of crime to participate in the justice process
  • What appropriate complaint management, remedy and oversight mechanisms are required for victims of crime.

You’re invited to provide your views to help ensure the Charter meets the needs of the ACT community, criminal justice agencies and the organisations that support victims of crime.

Take action

You can get involved at www.yoursay.act.gov.au.

Click on the Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime page to find out how to:

  • complete a 15 minute online survey,
  • join a discussion group or forum, or
  • provide a written response or submission.

If you have any questions please contact:

  • the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate on 02 6207 3997
  • or email JACSLPP@act.gov.au (subject title: Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime).

Victim Support ACT staff can assist you to make a submission if you are unsure.  Phone 02 6205 2222.

Public consultation closes on 6 August 2018.