Contact us, forms and publications

Contact us

Please feel welcome to contact our team if you have any questions:

Phone     1800 411 822
Email       svss@justice.nsw.gov.au
Web        www.victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au

For general Victims Services enquiries:
Phone     1800 633 063
Email       vs@justice.nsw.gov.au

Forms

Specialist Victims Register registration form - Fillable (PDF, 109Kb)
Specialist Victims Register registration form - Print (PDF, 68Kb)

Use this form to register on the Specialist Victims Register if you are a victim/survivor of a forensic patient.

Specialist Victims Support Service referral form - Fillable (PDF, 110Kb)
Specialist Victims Support Service referral form - Print (PDF, 64Kb)

Use this form if you have direct contact with an eligible victim/survivor of a forensic patient and would like to refer them to the Specialist Victim Support Service. Before referring someone you will need to obtain their consent.

Specialist Victims Support Service self-referral form Fillable (PDF, 106Kb)
Specialist Victims Support Service self-referral form Print (PDF, 55Kb)

Use this form if you are victim/survivor of a forensic patient and would like to receive support from the Specialist Victim Support Service.

Specialist Victims Support Service representative nomination form - Fillable (PDF, 102Kb)
Specialist Victims Support Service representative nomination form - Print (PDF, 72Kb)

Use this form to authorise someone to act on your behalf, to make enquiries to the Specialist Victim Support Service and to receive written correspondence.

Submissions to the Mental Health Review Tribunal form - Fillable (PDF, 195Kb)
Submissions to the Mental Health Review Tribunal form - Print (PDF, 96Kb)

Use this form if you are making a submission to the Tribunal regarding a forensic patient's leave or release.

Statutory Declaration by a representative of a victim registered under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (PDF, 107Kb)

All nominated representatives of registered victims must complete this statutory declaration before attending Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings on behalf of a registered victim. The form must be returned to the Specialist Victims Support Service for forwarding to the Tribunal.

Specialist Victims Registers opt-out form - Fillable (PDF, 82Kb)
Specialist Victims Registers opt-out form - Print (PDF, 55Kb)

Use this form if you no longer wish to be registered on the Specialist Victims Register.

Publications

Fact sheet: What is the Specialist Victims Support Service?  (PDF, 90Kb)

If you are a victim/survivor going through the forensic mental health system, this fact sheet can help you understand:

  • what is the Specialist Victims Support Service
  • who is eligible for support
  • the types of support can be provided
  • how you can access support.

Fact sheet: Specialist Victims Register (pdf, 123Kb)

Information about:

  • what the Specialist Victims Register (the Register) is
  • whether you are eligible to register as a victim
  • who is allowed to see the information contained in the Register
  • what information registered victims can receive about a forensic patient
  • how and when registered victims will receive this information
  • how you can register.

Fact sheet: Submissions to the Mental Health Review Tribunal - Print (PDF, 95Kb)

This fact sheet can help you understand more about making submissions to the Mental Health Review Tribunal, including:

  • what is a submission
  • when you can make a submission
  • what you can include in your submission
  • the conditions that you can ask the Tribunal to impose if it grants the forensic patient leave or release
  • who will be allowed to see your submission and what you can do if you do not want them to see it.

Referral pathways to SVSS: Information for service providers (PDF, 93Kb)

This fact sheet for service providers provides information about how to refer victims/survivors to the Specialist Victims Support Service and/or Specialist Victims Register.

If you are a victim/survivor going through the forensic mental health system, this fact sheet can help you understand:

  • what is the Specialist Victims Support Service
  • who is eligible for support
  • the types of support can be provided
  • how you can access support.

Fact sheet: Forensic patients and leave (PDF, 95Kb)

If a forensic patient is granted leave while they are being detained, this means they will have access to a place (or places) outside of where they are detained. This may be necessary for things such as:

  • court appearances or other hearings
  • medical investigations or treatment in another hospital
  • rehabilitative or other activities (such as work or attending a funeral). 

Fact sheet: Mental Health Review Tribunal Hearings for forensic patients (PDF, 89Kb)

This fact sheet can help you understand more about Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) hearings, including:

  • why and when the Tribunal holds hearings
  • how your privacy is protected in Tribunal hearings
  • where Tribunal hearings are held and how you can attend
  • who else can attend Tribunal hearings.

Fact sheet: Role of the Mental Health Review Tribunal regarding forensic patients (PDF, 95Kb)

This fact sheet will help you understand more about the Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) regarding forensic patients, including:

  • the Tribunal's role in making decisions about forensic patients
  • the orders that the Tribunal can make about a forensic patient
  • the information that the Tribunal can base its decisions on.

Fact sheet: Being a nominated representative of a person registered on the Specialist Victims Register (PDF, 63Kb)

This fact sheet provides information for any person or organisation that a person registered on the Register elects to act on their behalf in relation to the register and Tribunal hearings.

Fact sheet: Specialist Victims Support Service Hearing Rooms, Parramatta Justice Precinct (PDF, 63Kb)

This fact sheet provides information about the SVSS hearing rooms as well as victim’s rights and Tribunal expectations.

Fact sheet: Mental Health Review Tribunal Hearing Rooms, Gladesville Hospital (PDF, 228Kb)

This fact sheet provides information about the Tribunal hearing rooms as well as victim’s rights and Tribunal expectations.

Charter of Victims Rights (PDF, 60Kb)

In New South Wales there is a Charter of Victims Rights to protect and promote your rights if you are a victim of crime. The Charter states how you should be treated and assisted if you are a victim of crime. The Charter is contained in the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013.