Help for victims of crime and witnesses
If you're a victim of crime in New South Wales, you can get help with information and referrals through Victims Services in the Department of Communities and Justice.
If you've been injured due to a violent crime, you may be eligible for support under the Victims Support Scheme to help you in your recovery. This includes:
- Counselling, to help you recover from the psychological and emotional impacts of a crime
- Financial assistance for immediate needs, to help pay for things you need urgently to be safe and healthy because of the violent crime
- Financial assistance for economic loss, to help pay for loss of earnings and other costs that assist you with your recovery
- A recognition payment, to acknowledge that a violent crime has been committed against you.
Further information about support for victims and how to apply is available on the Victims Services website.
Contact Victims Services
You can also contact Victims Services by calling:
- the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063
- the Aboriginal Contact Line on 1800 019 123
Business hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Charter of Victims Rights
If you have been a victim of crime in NSW there are rights that protect you. You can read more about the Charter of Victims Rights on the Victims Services website.