Tag Archives: victims of crime

Mandatory sentencing – Throwing away the key is not the answer

In The Age today, it has been reported that the Victorian government is considering mandatory sentencing for young offenders of violent crime: The Baillieu government plans to introduce mandatory minimum jail terms for youths aged 16 and 17 convicted of violent offences, despite concern among the legal profession. Attorney-General Robert Clark has asked the Sentencing […]

Making someone pay for bullies

In an interesting case, the Victorian Supreme Court has decided a victim of bullying may get compensation for threats to kill made to her by a bully when she was eight years old. The compensation is under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic) (‘VCAA‘). Among other things, when they were both eight years […]

Stereotypes and victims of crime

There’s a lengthy and surprisingly bitter thread over at Larvatus Prodeo on two related but conceptually distinct phenomena. The first concerns cultural and racial stereotyping. The second concerns the safety advice police widely give to those who have a greater risk of being victims of crime. The post is a thoughtful one (written by regular […]