NSW victims of crime urge Government to increase compensation scheme

 

 

As reported by the ABC:

Victims of crime are calling on the New South Wales Government to increase funding for compensation, after the scheme was scaled back four years ago.

The scheme provides money to people who have suffered from sexual assault, domestic violence or other crimes and are not able to sue an institution or organisation in order to receive compensation.

In 2013, the State Government cut the scheme significantly, and lowered the amounts of money people could receive.

Greens MP David Shoebridge is calling on the Government to boost funding of the scheme.

“These are victims who have nowhere else to go … now they are being treated with insulting payments,” he said.

“This is the chance to prioritise the needs of victims … they’ve literally stolen the payments from them, with a tiny fraction of the New South Wales state budget we could make this vastly fairer.”

Find out more about the harsh retrospective cuts to the rights of victims of crime forced through in 2013. 

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