MORE SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME DOING IT TOUGH

Member for Lismore today said victims of crime with money problems will now receive free financial counselling.

Mr George said the free, independent and confidential support will be available to victims of crime across NSW, thanks to a new partnership between the NSW Government’s Victims Services and the Financial Counsellors’ Association of NSW (FCAN).

“Under the new reciprocal partnership victims of crime facing financial hardship will have access to the expertise of FCAN members, and FCAN will also put their clients in touch with Victims Services if they learn they’ve suffered as a result of a crime,” Mr George said.

“Whether it’s keeping up with the bills or keeping the fridge stocked, trained and accredited financial experts will advise victims on ways they can address their money issues.

“It may be as simple as providing them with helping them access the financial hardship services of banks and government agencies.”

“This is a small thing we can do, which can be a big help in their recovery from trauma.” Victims Services offers free counselling to help victims with psychological trauma suffered as a result of a crime.

For more information go to www.victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au or contact:

National Hotline for Financial Counselling: 1800 007 007

Victims Access Line for trauma counselling and other support: 1800 633 063

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577