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A helping hand for victims of crime
The West Australian

The State Government has committed more than $1 million to create a victims of crime commissioner in WA and will spend $3 million on other support services over four years.

"This is long overdue," Colin Barnett said yesterday.

"A true justice system is not only one that deals with offenders but also is respectful of the rights and circumstances faced by victims."

The Premier said the decision to appoint a commissioner was made by Cabinet late last year and the search would soon be on for a person to fill the position.

The commissioner would be able to champion the causes and interests of crime victims, including aspects of the court process.

Attorney-General Michael Mischin said that the decision to set up a commissioner's office would give victims a "one-stop shop".

"They will be an advocate to government on behalf of victims," he said.

"They will be able to co-ordinate services across government agencies and non-government agencies."

He said he expected the office to have a busy role in WA but was confident it would cope.

The $3 million for victim support services would expand services across WA and help existing programs such as the Victims Support Service, Child Witness Service and the Family Violence Intervention Service.

"This is in response to what we've been hearing over the past several years that improvements need to be made in those areas," Mr Mischin said.