The Victorian Government acknowledges that victims’ experience of the criminal justice process can be difficult and traumatic. In order to ensure the law and processes that affect victims of crime are appropriate and responsive, the Victims of Crime Consultative Committee was established in 2013. The Committee was subsequently formalised in law under the Victims of Crime Commissioner Act 2015.
The Committee brings together victim representatives, the Victims of Crime Commissioner, Victoria Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions, the judiciary, the Adult Parole Board and victim service agencies.
The Committee’s Terms of Reference are to:
provide a forum for victims of crime and relevant justice and victim service agencies to discuss victims’ policies, practices and service delivery
advise the Attorney-General on policies, practices and reforms relating to victim issues and support services
promote the interests of victims in the administration of justice
promote the principles of the Victims’ Charter Act 2006
report on any matters that are referred to it by the Attorney-General.
In June 2018, the Attorney-General appointed seven victims of crime to the Committee. They will serve on the Committee for two years.