Hello my name is Heidi Yates and I am the Victims of Crime Commissioner for the ACT. I also oversee the day-to-day functioning of Victim Support ACT – including the ACT Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme.
My role is to promote and protect the rights of people who experience crime and to ensure they can access the support they need.
My advocacy and education role includes:
I also support collaboration between agencies in the ACT, for example:
It is my job to work with the criminal justice system to ensure that people who experience crime are treated in accordance with the governing principles for the treatment of victims of crime. I do this by:
If you think we can help you or you would like to know more, contact us by phone 02 6205 2222 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Victims of Crime Commissioner is an independent statutory office, which means that we are funded by the ACT Government, but independent from the Government.
The Legislation that describes what I do includes: