Victims support in policy and legal process in Australia: Still an ambivalent and contested space

Taylor and Francis
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Handbook of Victims and Victimology, 2018, second, pp. 293 - 307
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Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year and prominent advocate for the rights of victims of domestic violence, has lead a remarkable campaign to raise public consciousness in relation to the needs of such victims, particularly the dearth of appropriate services. A significant outcome in September 2015 was the Australian federal government’s announcement of a $300 million funding package directed to improve the services and support available to victims of domestic violence. Nonetheless, victims in Australia continue to occupy both an ambivalent and contested role in policy and law. This chapter looks at the role of victims in both policy and legal settings and argues that despite an apparent expansion of services and entitlements, the politics of victims’ rights remains fraught.
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