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The Victims Support Scheme is available to anyone who has experienced an act of violence in NSW.
An act of violence is an act or series of related acts that:
There does not need to be a charge or a conviction.
Victims support is available to primary, secondary or family victims.
A member of the immediate family of a homicide victim, including a:
From 1 January 2022, eligible primary victims of modern slavery that happened in NSW will be able to access support through the Victims Support Scheme. A parent, step-parent or guardian who is caring for a child who is a primary victim may be eligible for financial assistance.
An act of modern slavery is an act, or series of related acts, that:
There does not need to be a charge or conviction.
Modern slavery offences are set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and include offences such as forced labour, forced marriage, debt bondage, and human trafficking.
A primary victim of modern slavery is:
If an act is both an act of violence and an act of modern slavery, a victim will only be eligible once for support under the Victims Support Scheme in relation to the act.
Further information regarding eligibility for victims support is set out in the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013. The legislation outlines conditions which may affect your eligibility for support, including Sections 25 and 44 of the Act.
04 May 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.