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 announced today that it will join a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. NSW and Victoria will be the first states to opt into the scheme. Survivors will be able to lodge applications for redress from 1 July 2018. The scheme will provide eligible survivors with a redress payment of up to $150,000 and counselling and psychological services. Survivors will also have the opportunity to receive a direct personal response from institutions if they wish. NSW has consistently supported the recommendation for a national redress scheme made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The NSW Government will respond to the report's other recommendations in June 2018. For further details about the National Redress Scheme, refer to the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services' website.
Additionally, 24 hour telephone assistance is available through:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
1800 Respect: 1800 737 732
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia: 1800 211 028
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978.
- Victims Services is seeking to expand its Canine Court Companion Program (CCCP) to a total of 10 Local Courts across NSW. The CCCP involves visits to local courts by therapy dogs and their handlers to lessen anxiety in court users. Applications are requested from organisations, which can provide therapy dogs to give comfort to court users in the public waiting areas and safe rooms of the courthouse. Media release (PDF, 116Kb)