Northern Territory Council of Social Service

NTCOSS Submission to Victims of Crime Reform

This submission highlights the need for reform to improve outcomes for victims of crime in the NT. NTCOSS recommends the adoption of a number of key principles throughout the reforms which underpin an effective victims of crime support system:

  1. Engagement with victims is trauma-informed at all levels
  2. Victims have agency and choice and their rights are respected
  3. Victim support systems recognise the links between poverty and crime
  4. Supports and protections for victims are culturally competent
  5. Victim support systems promote best practice, accessibility and timeliness
  6. Victim support systems are efficient and sustainable