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Strong voice for victims

Issued: Monday, 26 October 2015

Eleven members have been appointed to the Victims Advisory Board which will ensure victims have a strong voice, NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today announced.

Ms Upton said the Victims Advisory Board plays a vital role advising the NSW Government on ways it can better support the victims of crime and their families.

“Half the Board is made up of representatives from victims’ advocacy groups who intimately understand the struggles victims of crime and their families face,” Ms Upton said.

“The advice and counsel of the Board will help shape services to ensure they are giving victims the right kinds of support when they need it. I look forward to working closely with the Board over the coming months.”

The Victims Advisory Board was established in 1996 and will be chaired by the Commissioner of Victims Rights Mahashini Krishna.

It consists of 11 members including representatives from NSW Police, NSW Justice, NSW Health, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Legal Aid.

The six community representatives members are:

  • Howard Brown – Vice President of the Victims of Crime Assistance League;
  • Ken Marslew – Chief Executive Officer of Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Movement;
  • Annie Cossins – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of NSW;
  • Belinda Nolan – Principal and Director of Pinnacle Integrity and a former Detective Superintendent of NSW Police;
  • Karen Willis – Executive Officer of Rape & Domestic Violence Services; and
  • Susan Smith - Solicitor and Coordinator, Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, Redfern Legal Centre.

The new Board will meet for the first time in early December 2015.

Members are appointed for three years and will be eligible for re-appointment after this period.