Are you a victim of crime?
Please view Are you a victim of crime? Handy pocket guide (PDF, 1MB) and Are you a victim of crime? pamphlet (PDF, 100KB).
You may be a victim of crime if you have suffered harm because of:
- a crime
- assisting a police officer, when the police officer is attempting to arrest a person, or
- acting to prevent a crime.
You may also be a victim of crime if you were:
- a witness to a crime where that person would probably suffer harm
- dependent upon a person who died as a result of a crime.
Please note: The term 'harm' can mean many things, including, but not limited to:
- an injury of some type
- emotional suffering
- a loss of money or property.
Please view Making a Victim Impact Statement (PDF, 50KB) for further information.
Reduce the risk of danger
To help reduce the risk of danger, you can take a number of steps. The Safety planning document (PDF, 150KB) can help you gain a better sense of control over a situation for yourself and your children or dependants.
If you answer 'yes' to any of the following questions, having a safety plan may help you:
- Do you change your behaviour to avoid being abused or to avoid your dependants being abused?
- Are you fearful of your partner, child, parent, spouse or ex?
- Have you ever experienced an incident of violence, cruelty or threat of violence to you, your children or dependants, or your pets?
Further information for victims of crime can be found under the community safety and contact sections of this website. Pages of interest include the restorative justice conferencing program, the identify an offender information and citizen's powers of arrest information.
Visit the family law page for contact details in each state and territory, and to download a family law kit. The kit contains information relating to family law matters, and how to prevent a child from being removed from the Commonwealth of Australia.