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Better access to support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of crime

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of crime will have better access to support services following the launch of a new fact sheet by Victim Assist Queensland today.

Department of Justice and Attorney-General Deputy Director-General, Terry Ryan, said the fact sheet was aimed at helping Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander victims of crime make a start on the path to recovery.

“The new fact sheet has been tailored to meet the cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of crime, whether they live in urban, rural or remote communities,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through engagement with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, Victim Assist Queensland has developed the fact sheet to help victims of crime better identify their situation and take action towards receiving the help they are entitled to.

“The information spells out various scenarios a person may find themselves where they need assistance and then points them in the right direction for help.

“It is important victims of crime are able to access services in the easiest possible way, and it is necessary to tailor information and resources to be non-threatening and suit different cultures and literacy levels.

“Culturally appropriate colour, pictures and language has been incorporated into the design, ensuring the fact sheet is able to be used by people no matter what their age or literacy level. The fact sheet is also available in Torres Strait Islander Creole.”

Mr Ryan said the fact sheet was part of the State Government’s commitment to ensuring enhanced services to victims of crime in Queensland.

“Being a victim of violent crime can be the hardest thing a person will go through,” he said.

“It is important that we continually look at our services and resources to ensure they are working in a way that helps victims of crime get the help that they need and begin on the path to recovery.”

Victim Assist Queensland provides services to victims of crime throughout Queensland and is a branch of the Department of Justice and Attorney- General.

The fact sheet is available in hard copy by contacting Victim Assist on 1300
546 587 or can be found at www.justice.qld.gov.au

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23 June 2011
Last updated
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