Victims of Crime
Victims of crime are citizens who have had their lives interrupted by crime.
They have suffered harm and deserve the support of the community and the
people around them.
The UN Declaration
of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power defines
victims as people who have "suffered harm, including physical or mental
injury, emotional suffering, economic loss or substantial impairment of their
rights, through acts or omissions that are in violation of criminal laws".
The UN Declaration states that victims should be treated with compassion
and respect for their dignity, and should be supported by government and
The NSW Parliament has passed a Charter
of Victims' Rights. The
of crime website contains valuable advice and information for
victims and their families about:
- counselling and support services
- police investigations and court processes
- obtaining compensation
- domestic violence and sexual assault
- victims rights
- victim impact statements.
NSW Victims Support Line
The NSW government also runs a 24-hour support referral and information service
for victims of crime. It can provide you with information about emergency
accomodation, counselling etc. You can contact the Victims
Support Line on:
(02) 9374 3000
1800 633063 (tollfree)
TTY (02) 9374 3175
Sexual assault victims can call the NSW Rape Crisis Centre 24-hour hotline
on 1800-424-017 or www.nswrapecrisis.com.au for
counselling and support.
support for children and young people
If you are between 5 and 18 years of age,
you can contact the Kids
Helpline on 1800 551 800.
You can talk to someone who will listen to
you and who will help you. The Helpline is confidential -
so you don't have to tell anyone else. And it's also free, so it won't cost you a cent.
child or young person in Australia can call the Helpline.
support for victims outside of NSW
For victims advice and information in other Australian States and Territories, click
For victims advice and information elsewhere in the world, click
victim support groups
There are several support groups in New South Wales for victims of crime.
Here is a list of some of them. Click on the links to go to their websites: