Victims services and support
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.
1 September 2017, the NSW Department of Justice released the Strengthening
child sexual abuse laws in NSW discussion paper seeking input from victims,
legal stakeholders and the community on the Royal Commission’s legislative
recommendations and issues with child sexual abuse laws. To make a submission on the discussion paper, visit the NSW Government's 'Have Your Say' website: www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say or the Department of Justice's Public Consultation website: http://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/justicepolicy/justice-strategy-and-policy/public-consultation. Submissions close on Friday, 6 October 2017.
On 1 May 2017 Victims Services commenced transferring debts to the Office of State Revenue (OSR). For more information visit our
news and announcements page.
The 31st of March 2017 marked the 1 year anniversary of the
Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot. The pilot commenced in Sydney and Newcastle District Courts on
31st March 2016 and has, so far, received over 700 referral requests for Children's Champions (Witness Intermediaries) from Police and Courts.