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Victims Access Line (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) 1800 633 063
If you are a victim of crime, you have the following rights under the Charter of Victims Rights.
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.
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 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 property or 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 support to do this. This is called giving a 'victim impact statement'.
If the offender is in custody, you can be told if the offender is going to be released from custody soon, has escaped custody 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 (PDF 70KB)
(2pp A4 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.
Your Rights as a victim of crime (PDF 181KB)
Explains the Charter rights for Aboriginals who are victims of crime. Also explains what to do if the victim feels their rights under the Charter are not being met.
Further information about what happen next after a crime is reported can be found at on the NSW Police website.