Victims of crime financial assistance (8.8.2017)
Written on the 8 August 2017
8 August 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the attention of the Attorney-General, and it relates to assistance for victims of crime.
Too many jewellery businesses in my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region have been subjected to horrifying crimes. The images of criminals with machetes and guns robbing and destroying legitimate businesses and terrifying and assaulting hardworking owners and staff are becoming a far too frequent occurrence.
These businesses have on occasions had these horrific crimes committed not just on one occasion but on multiple occasions.
The impacts have been extensive and ongoing to not only the health and wellbeing of those affected but also the viability of the businesses themselves. Insurance claims are taking weeks to be processed, and rents, staff and bank loans need to be paid.
The action I seek from the minister is that the minister dedicate additional financial resources in his department that will assist those businesses that have been severely and repeatedly subjected to the crime wave that is gripping Victoria.