If you haven't heard of Howard Brown, you most likely haven't needed his services ........... trust us! ........... that's a good thing.
Most people don't realise they need a 'Howard Brown' until they suddenly find themselves or their family member, a Victim of Crime!!
Howard Brown has been supporting and advocating for victims of crime for over 20+years. You will often find Howard frequenting some of the major courts in Sydney, providing emotional support to victims and their families, advocating for them throughout the court process and representing their case in the media. You may have seen Howard talking on major cases and topics, appearing on The Project, A Current Affair, 7 News and in other major news outlets and in print media.
Howard's services are often referred by those working within the legal fraternity, court support services and legal service practitioners.
Why Does Howard need support?
Because Howard works tirelessly for ZERO dollars!!
Howard has dedicated his entire adult life to helping others. Currently he works for FREE. He is not paid by our Government. His services are offered at entirely no cost to victims and their families.
It is about time that we as a community, returned the favour and supported Howard. Sadly we cannot rely on our Government to fund his position and his role in the lives of our victims is desperately needed.
Howard Brown was a beacon of light in our case, providing support and advice on court processes, preparing us for giving evidence, offering emotional support and helping us to deal with any issues which arose, including an offender who played many games with our system. We eventually achieved a great result.
Check out our case which was reported in the news - November 2017
Sentencing of Paedophile, Timothy James Stewart
An overview of the services provided by Howard Brown
Howard's service is invaluable. Navigating our broken legal system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Victims of Crime come from all walks of life and there is absolutely no preparation. You never know when and if it will happen to you. As a Victim you are thrust into the legal system. Many will say our legal system is 'offender friendly', meaning services for victims are poorly delivered and inconsistent, while the offender appears to have leniency and ongoing emotional and legal support.
Some of the services Howard offers include:
- Emotional support
- Preparing victims and their families for the court process and giving evidence
- Supporting victims in the preparation of their Victim Impact Statement
- Assisting victims through the parole process to ensure their ongoing personal safety when an offender is due to be released
- Undertaking advocacy work through the Mental Health Review Tribunal when offenders are reviewed on the grounds of mental illness
- Supporting victims long after their case has been resolved
- Speaking to the media on high profile cases
- Consulting with officials on important changes in legislation
Howard was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in June of 2004 for his work with Victims of Crime. In 2011 Howard was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of New South Wales for his work with the University and for Victims of Crime. He continues to represent victims in a range of high profile and publicised cases from sexual assault to murder, supporting and guiding victims and their families.
How you can help!
A small donation can help keep Howard afloat. While we all go about our lives, working, socialising, making money ... Howard is in court every single day supporting victims of crime and their families. It would have to be emotionally and physically draining hearing the tragic stories and supporting victims and their families. Howard is not paid! So who pays his bills?
Please help us keep Howard's services going. We are looking at setting up a Foundation but for now we need to ensure Howard is funded and can continue providing these invaluable services.
We need to show our gratitude for his life of dedication and support the supporter.
Howard deserves it.