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Victim Assist Queensland reaches five-year milestone

Victim Assist Queensland (VAQ) today celebrates five years of providing vital support services to victims and witnesses of crime.

Director of Victim Assist Nicola Doumany said the service had connected over 9,000 people with support services.

“In the past five years, VAQ has provided over $50 million in grants for goods and services including dental work, counselling, surgery, and physiotherapy,” Ms Doumany said.

“Some goods and services fall outside of the traditional medical and psychological needs and are central for a victim to recover.

“Grants may include tutors to assist children to return to school who were not attending as a result of trauma, or courses for women to enhance their sense of personal safety after a domestic attack.”

Ms Doumany said VAQ was established to ensure there was support, both financial and non-financial, for victims and witnesses of violent crimes.

“More than $775,000 has been provided—for example—for incidental travel, largely to connect victims of crime with support services located outside of their region,” she said.

“Travel assistance allows victims living in regional and remote areas in Queensland to access the same services as those living in our urban areas.

“We have also responded to more than 70,000 requests for information from victims of crime throughout Queensland. VAQ provides funding to non-government services working with victims of crime, which enables them to provide low or no cost services throughout Queensland.

“All Queenslanders, whether they live in metropolitan, rural or remote locations can receive information and assistance if they are a victim or a witness to a violent crime.”

Ms Doumany said being a victim or a witness to a crime was a distressing experience and help was available.

“Queensland has counselling services, court and legal support and financial services available and with Victim Assist offices located throughout Queensland, we can help clients apply for financial assistance,” she said.

For information on what assistance is available and how to apply, phone 1300 546 587, email victimslinkup@justice.qld.gov.au or visit the website, www.qld.gov.au/victims.

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2 December 2014
Last updated
5 November 2015

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