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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    New support service for Brisbane victims of crime

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Monday, September 02, 2013

    New support service for Brisbane victims of crime

    A new support service has opened its doors to victims of crime as part of the Newman Government’s commitment to providing more frontline resources to Queenslanders most in need.

    Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the important new service will provide much-needed support to victims of violent crime as they navigate through the court system.

    “The legal system can be both complex and challenging at the best of times,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “For Queenslanders who are victims of crime, knowing where to start can be a daunting experience.

    “From today, the Court Network’s Victim Support Unit will deliver the volunteer support program at the Brisbane courts precinct.

    “The $435,000 in funding will help this new service work across the Brisbane courts precinct to connect with victims, offer free information and practical court support.

    “I thank the group of dedicated volunteers who have recently completed an excellent training course strengthening their skills as they prepare to roll out this vital service.

    “The Newman Government is committed to supporting victims of crime. As such, we recently announced an additional $2 million in funding to various organisations over the next four years.

    “Victims of crime do not have to walk through life alone. We want you to know, we are here to help and I encourage Queenslanders to seek assistance when they need it.”

    [ENDS] 2 September 2013

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