Crime vic­tims’ sym­po­sium

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By DENISE S. CAHILL

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.

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