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Crime in Victoria

CRIME IN VICTORIA. LET’S LOOK AT THE FACTS.

CRIME IN VICTORIA. LETS LOOK AT THE FACTS.

In recent times, there has been a lot of talk about migrant communities and their over representation in crimes being committed in Victoria.

This has created a backlash against some of our communities from diverse backgrounds living in Victoria, such as the Sudanese and Somalian communities. Sources such as the media have been shaping people's opinion on crimes, often driven by emotion rather than facts, and pointing to certain communities rather than addressing the larger issue as a whole.

As a result, the general Australian public are forming bias involuntarily, with it almost becoming automatic to our senses that the moment we hear the word crime, we correlate that to a whole community based on ethnicity rather than to those individuals guilty of committing these unwanted offences.

So, what do the statistics say? 

  • The overall crime rate in Victoria fell to 6.2% in the last year, the biggest drop in 12 years
  • Among the crimes committed in 2017, people born in Sudan only make up 6% of recorded offences, compared with 71.5% born in Australia and 5.2% born in New Zealand
  • For some offences, proportionally numbers for these groups do indicate a higher offending rate
  • Statistics show a Victorian is 25 times more likely to be seriously assaulted by someone born in Australia or New Zealand than someone of African descent
  • 2015 report on racial bias by Victoria Police found young people born outside Australia are routinely stopped by police due to racial profiling

Why do these stats matter?

These statistics (taken from Victoria's Crims Statistic Agency) illustrate that migrant community over-representation in media is exaggerated and misleading. However, calls for harsher punishments and even deportation have materialised a negative narrative that seeks to blame and neglect youth from diverse backgrounds within our community based on their ethnicity, rather than support and guide those committing crimes toward positive pathways to adulthood. Rather than turning to these reactive “solutions” post-offence, it is far more sustainable for the wellbeing of everyone in our Victorian community to highlight preventative solutions that will facilitate meaningful change.

Moving forward

The situation occurring in Victoria today is as an opportunity to recognise the disadvantage and hardship of certain groups within our community, and acknowledge that we need a long-term solution of understanding, acceptance and support.

As Ahmed Hassan, Director of Youth Activating Youth perfectly sums up "We seemingly don’t have an African gang problem – what we do have is young people who are disadvantaged, who are disengaged, a young cohort who are coming together that are causing this mischievous activity”.

Therefore, for young groups, community or educational engagement is vital. Conversely, for the wider community, education and awareness are crucial to combat misunderstanding and unfair bias against certain groups within our community. Discussions about any group should always include an open dialogue about the countries and circumstances that many of our migrant groups have faced and the hardships that exist post-settlement, such as PTSD and isolation.

Your role?

Let’s change the conversation. No cultural background condones crime and it is misleading tying a whole demographic with the words crime or gang.

Such efforts toward engagement and awareness will assist us in identifying circumstances that may affect certain youth in Victoria. As a community, let’s move past the emotive reactions of frustration, misunderstanding and resentment and start to dig deeper together to create proactive and sustainable change.

For more info:

https://www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/media-centre/news/correction-of-country-of-birth-data-incorrectly-reported-and-attributed-to-the

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/03/is-melbourne-in-the-grip-of-african-gangs-the-facts-behind-the-lurid-headlines

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Migration/settlementoutcomes/Report/section?id=committees%2freportjnt%2f024098%2f25141

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Migration/settlementoutcomes/Report/section?id=committees%2freportjnt%2f024098%2f25141

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/14/racial-discrimination-and-harassment-still-rife-in-victoria-police-study-finds

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-02/street-gangs-are-a-problem-in-melbourne-police-admit/9297984

Annual School Supplies Drive 2017

 

We’re collecting school materials for school packs to ensure over 100 kids from our programs and partnering schools kick off their 2018 school year with a bang!

It is vital for children to have access to items that are crucial to their education and development. It also alleviates financial stress on families who are doing it tough.

We are asking for your help today in collecting the materials that fill a student's school bag at the start of each new school year and allow them to confidently tackle their school work.

These include:
- Stationary (e.g. pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, highlighters)
- Exercise books
- Folders
- Calculators
- Dictionaries
- Pencil cases
- Backpacks
- Lunchboxes & Drink bottles
- Crayons
- Coloured pencils
- Textas

In the past, you, our supporters have always made incredible contributions, so once again we need the community to rally behind creating a positive start to the 2018 school year for refugee kids!

We are collecting items over the next month, so if your school, workplace, family or group are looking to make a meaningful impact let us know.

Get in touch with us via aid@rmccaustralia.org.au !

RMCC Annual School Supplies Drive Refugee Migrant Children Centre

RMCC refugee migrant children raffle ticket education support learning

RMCC raffle to raise over 500 hours of education programs!

Our first annual RMCC raffle is full of amazing prizes and this year we are aiming to raise $10,000! This amount will help to fund over 500 hours of our critical education programs.

Programs like our Learning Support Program and Family Learning Club are pivotal in engaging children in order to increase eagerness and enjoyment in their own learning, whilst providing positive educational outcomes.

Our amazing prizes include:

1st Prize - a coveted Yarra Valley Hot Balloon Weekend Getaway with Dinner
2nd Prize - a Luxurious Melbourne City Break with sparkling and Breakfast
3rd Prize - an unlimited Luna Park family ride pass

The suspense has been building in the office over the past couple of weeks with volunteers more than ready to get their hands on some $5 tickets. We’ve been doing some hard maths, trying to calculate our odds but thankfully CEO Alice jumped in with her expertise and ticket bundles.

Our ticket bundle deals are:

5 tickets for $20
10 tickets for $40
15 tickets for $60
and 25 for $100 for the unstoppable ones out there like ourselves.

Sales close on the 24th December and prizes will be drawn on the 4th January 2018 at RMCC headquarters, so keep your eyes peeled for ticket sales happening over at our social media pages and out and about in the community.

2017 has been an astonishing year of growth for RMCC. There are exciting plans from every end but let’s make sure we end the year with a bang!

Visit our gift store to purchase tickets! http://store.rmccaustralia.org.au/

Introducing the RMCC Board

It’s been a busy few months at RMCC with our RMCC HQ move and new programs starting up. Quietly behind the scenes, our RMCC Board has been busy too. Our board come from a range of backgrounds and their knowledge and expertise enrich our organisation. We hope that you enjoy getting to know them!

 

Mark Burton- Acting Chair

Mark B is a Certified Practicing Accountant and over the past 4 years has been actively involved in providing settlement support and services to the Sudanese community, alongside his own commercial consultancy venture. When asked to summarise himself in 3 words, he is tempted to describe himself as an 'old white male' but will prefer 'Mature. Social conscience'. We can tell that his sense of humour has been present throughout his life, because when he was a child, he aspired to be 'tall, because I was always the smallest kid, holding the blackboard in the class photo'.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Doyle- Non-Executive Director & Secretary

As a lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Carolyn has worked with commercial businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Whilst Carolyn describes herself as 'bookish, untidy and curious', she is currently legal counsel at the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. Carolyn has joined us because she firmly believes that RMCC can make a positive difference in the lives of the children who participate in its programs. Which to her is 'a great thing to be involved in'.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Mavros- Non-Executive Director

Jordan’s personal interest and concern in the encouragement, guidance and support of children and youth is augmented by his experience as a social worker and counsellor. Two professions very different from what he expected as a child! When Jordan was young, he expected to be a farmer, because for young Jordan, his world was his village. Even now, he treasures the memories of tending to the sheep after school. Additionally, Jordan is the former CEO of the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, Chairperson of the Multicultural Aged Care Services, and President and Director at United Way/ Give Where You Live.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Hill- Non-Executive Director

Jennifer is a senior consultant who has worked extensively across risk and crisis management, media and government relations, and corporate communications. She has worked in some of the world’s most dynamic geopolitical environments, especially with World Vision Australia, leading their humanitarian and emergency public affairs. Jennifer is a person of fascinating stories, having lived in Jordan and Timor-Leste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Wojcik and Bobby Allen- Executive Directors

Alice our Founder and CEO, along with Bobby, our Co-Founder and Project Manager will be serving as the Executive Directors of the Board bringing their on-the-ground knowledge, passion and their diverse range of individual talents.

Alice has a background in mathematics and financial planning, having worked in the banking and risk sector. However, her passion lies with creating opportunities for vulnerable children, allowing them to succeed no matter what their background or circumstances, a cause she has dedicated herself to for more than 10 years, resulting in RMCC. Bobby has a background in audio-engineering and over 10 years’ experience working with special needs and homeless children and youth through an array of organisations. He also has over 5 years in project and event management, having curated various events in multiple cities across the world.