You will be treated with courtesy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect for your rights and dignity.
You will be told as soon as possible about the different services that can help you, including counselling and legal services.
If you need medical, counselling, and legal help you will be able to get it if it is available.
If you ask, you will be told about how the police investigation is going. But in some cases there may be some things the police can't tell you.
Prosecution is about taking the accused to court for the crime. This is done by the police, or, in serious cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions.
As a victim, you will be told:- what the charges are or why the offender has not been charged;- any decision of the prosecution to change or drop charges;- the date and place of the court hearing;- the final court result, including any appeal or gaol sentence given.
If the prosecution is thinking about changing or dropping the charges they will have a talk to you about this if the crime:- was a serious sex crime, or- caused you physical harm, psychological or psychiatric harm.But the prosecution don't have to talk to you if:- you don't want to talk about it, or- they can't find you.
If you have to give evidence as a witness in a trial you will be told about how the trial works and what you have to do.
While your case is in court you will be protected from contact with the accused and the defence witnesses.
You can keep your address and phone numbers private unless the court says different.
You do not have to go to any committal hearing (like a mini trial) or other court business before the trial unless the court says you must.
If the police or prosecution took any of your goods as evidence you have the right to get it back as soon as possible.
If you need protection tell the police or prosecution when the accused applies for bail.
You will be told about any special bail conditions the accused is given, which are meant to protect you or your family, like a condition which says the accused must not contact you.
If you were the victim of sexual assault or other serious assault you will be told if the accused gets bail or not.
In some cases you may be able to tell the court about how the crime has affected you and you will be given help and support to do this. This is called giving a 'victim impact statement'.
If the offender is in gaol you can be told if the offender is going to be released from gaol soon, has escaped gaol or is on day release.
You can have a say if your offender applies for parole.
If you have been injured as a result of serious personal violence offence, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the Victims Support Scheme.
You can make a complaint if you think your rights under the Charter have not been met. You can ask for information about how to do this.
Charter of Victims Rights (Full version) webpage
Charter of Victims Rights (PDF, 95Kb)(2pp sheet)Charter rights from the
Victims Rights and Support Act 2013. Also explains what to do if the victim feels their rights under the Charter are not being met.
Charter of Victims Rights (PDF, 85Kb)(A3 poster)Charter rights from the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013.
Charter of Victims Rights - Translations
(16 x 2pp sheet)Go to this page to download translations of the Charter of Victims Rights. Available in Arabic, Chinese Mainland, Chinese Traditional, Dari, French, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Macedonian, Samoan, Somalian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Are you Aboriginal and a victim of crime? Charter of Victims Rights (PDF, 194Kb)(Brochure)Sets out the 18 Charter rights in plain English for Aboriginals who are victims of crime and also explains what to do if the victim feels their rights under the Charter are not being met.
Charter of Victims Rights (PDF, 81Kb)(A3 poster)Charter rights from the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 in plain English for Aboriginals who are victims of crime.
Your Rights as a Victim of Crime (PDF, 755Kb)(B5 booklet)Explains the Charter of Victims Rights, especially for victims with a cognitive disability. Using photos, this booklet goes through each of the 18 rights under the Charter with explanations in plain English.
Listen Up - Information for Young People (PDF 366KB)(2pp sheet)In cartoon format, this publication provides information about the Charter of Victims Rights for young people.