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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Victims of crime in central Queensland get access to more help

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Victims of crime in central Queensland get access to more help

    Victims of crime in central Queensland will have access to more help with the local release of a new guide, Attorney-General Cameron Dick said today.

    Mr Dick said the new booklet, A guide for victims of crime in Queensland, would help locals affected by an act of violence to recover more readily and start rebuilding their lives.

    “Victim Assist Queensland has developed this user-friendly and easy-to-read guide to help victims recover from emotional and psychological trauma,” Mr Dick said.

    “The guide includes information for victims on how to report a crime as well as the support services that available to victims and their families to help their recovery.

    “It also contains information about people’s rights as a victim of crime, going to court as a witness, applying for financial assistance and where to go for counselling and legal support.

    “The production of this guide highlights the continued commitment by the Queensland Government to providing accessible information and services to victims.”

    Mr Dick said the booklet had been developed by Victim Assist Queensland, the new State Government support service which started operations on 1 December 2009.

    He said the guide would help victims recover from the effects of a violent crime and get their lives back on track.

    “Everyone has their own way of coping with a traumatic event,” Mr Dick said.

    “Violent crimes are not only offences like assault, robbery and murder, they also include sexual assault or abuse, stalking and kidnapping, death caused by dangerous driving and violence in the home.”

    A guide for victims of crime in Queensland is available on the Victim Assist Queensland page at www.justice.qld.gov.au and in hard copy at all public libraries across the state.

    If you have been a victim of an act of violence, contact VictimsLinkUp on 1300 546 587 or email victimslinkup@justice.qld.gov.au.

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