Homicides usually attract media attention. This can be confusing and distressing. For information about dealing with the media visit the
Dealing with the media webpage.
If someone close to you has been murdered, or if you have witnessed a homicide, there are several options for information and support: If the homicide occurred in New South Wales, you may be eligible for 20hrs free counselling under the Approved Counselling Scheme administered by Victims Services. For more information please go to Victims Services > Counselling
You may wish to contact a grief counsellor at the NSW Institute of Forensic Medicine at Glebe (02) 8584 7800 or the counsellor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Westmead (02) 9845 6001. The grief counsellor can provide you with support, counselling and information, including information about the coronial system. More information can be found at the
Coroners Court website.
If you would like to discuss other support, you could contact one of the following:
Homicide Victims Support Group: Phone 8833 8400 or 1800 191 777 (Toll free)
Enough is Enough: Phone (02) 9542 4029
Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL): Phone (02) 9743 1636 (Sydney) or (02) 4961 4755 (Newcastle)
Victims Access Line: Phone 1800 633 063
Compassionate Friends: Phone (02) 9290 2355 or email
Lifeline Australia: Phone 13 11 14
National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG): Email
If you are the member of the immediate family of a homicide victim (a 'family victim') You may be entitled to receive financial assistance - please go to Victims Services > financial assistance
Missing Persons (support for family and friends)