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Victims Services

​We provide support services, including free counselling and financial assistance to victims of crime. Victims have rights which are set out in the Charter of Victims Rights, which includes the right to be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect. In this section, find out about support services for children, victims of sexual assault and other crimes, and families and friends of missing persons. You can also find out more about victims rights and how to get support throughout the justice system.


  • NSW Police, in conjunction with Crime Stoppers NSW, has launched a 'No Innocent Bystanders' video campaign calling on the community to report domestic violence.
  • On 1 November 2017 Safer Pathway won the Premiers Award in the Reducing DV Reoffending Category. Safer Pathway is a partnership between Victims Services, Legal Aid, Women NSW and the NSW Police to support domestic violence victims and reduce the incidence of domestic violence.

  • Data profiles available now for Restitution & Revenue; Victims Reassessment Scheme and Applications for Support for Victims.

  • The aim of NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021 is to create safer lives for women, men and children. Here is the Annual Report Card for Year one.

  • The Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot, administered by Victims Services, has undergone an independent process evaluation; read the report.

​Victims rights

Victims of crime in New South Wales have a Charter of Victims Rights to protect and promote their rights.

Victims Rights 

Charter of Victims Rights

The NSW Code of Practice

Charter complaints


The Approved Counselling Service provides free counselling for victims of crime. 

The Approved Counselling Service 

How to apply for counselling

How to find an Approved Counsellor

Feedback on counselling

Financial support

The Victims Support Scheme builds a package of care to support and assist victims at the time they need it most.

Financial support & assistance

Who can apply

How to apply

Reassessment of claims

Restitution - recovering money

When a victim of a crime receives financial support Victims Services may recover money from the convicted offender through restitution.

Recovering money

Provisional Orders

Arrangements & Orders

Debtor Payments

Restorative Justice

Forum Sentencing

Restorative Justice in Corrective Services

Victims Registers​

 Support for victims of crime

Victims Services helps victims navigate their way through the justice system from the time they become a victim until after the end of the court process.

The Justice Journey 

Download the free Justice Journey mobile app from the App Store | Google Play Store

For victims of sexual assault


If you are a victim of sexual assault there are many services that can provide counselling, support and information.

Help for victims of sexual assault 

Support and counselling

Safety and protection

Reporting to police

For victims of child abuse

Find out more about services, support, legislative change and rights for victims of child abuse.

Removal of the time limit for victims of child abuse to make claims for damages

Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot

For families and friends of missing persons

The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit is the only unit that provides counselling and support from trained professionals to families and friends of missing people.

For families and friends of missing people

Counselling and support

Managing financial affairs

Search agencies

For service providers


Victims Access Line (VAL) 

The VAL is the entry point to Victims Services.

Phone: 1800 633 063​

Aboriginal Contact Line 

(8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

If you are an Aboriginal and a victim of crime, call this number for information.
Phone: 1800 019 123 (freecall number)

Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit

Phone: 1800 227 772 or 02 8688 8173 (Sydney Metropolitan) 

Research into victims issues

The Victims of Crime Clearinghouse is an online database of significant victim research

Research Database

Media Toolbox 

Events and conferences

For service providers

The NSW Code of Practice

Applying to be an Approved Counsellor

Remote Witness Guidelines