Crime victims’ symposium
CRIME happens to everyday people, just like Rosie Batty.
This is the message to be taken from the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology to be held in Perth next month, says angelhands founder Ann O’Neill, who will be speaking at the event.
She met Australian of the Year Ms Batty (whose husband killed their son) at the National Press Club earlier this month.
Dr O’Neill said Ms Batty was an ordinary person who became a victim of a serious crime.
Dr O’Neill used a $10,000 Perth Convention Bureau scholarship to attend the symposium in The Hague three years ago and canvassed support in the US to bring the symposium to Perth.
The symposium was last held in Australia 21 years ago when it was hosted in Adelaide.
Professor Sandra Walklate from the UK and Eric Stover from the US will join Dr O’Neill as speakers at the event.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the symposium, sponsored by the State Government, had attracted high-calibre keynote speakers from Australia and around the world, allowing Australian academics and practitioners to share their own knowledge, expertise and experiences.
“West Australian lawyer and human rights campaigner Rabia Siddique will be the opening speaker and provide her firsthand experience and perspective on issues affecting victims,” Mr Mischin said.