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Victims rights

Information about the rights and support services for victims of crime.

  • Your safety is important

    Your safety is important

    If you feel unsafe or are experiencing any violence, contact the police, a domestic violence counsellor or get legal advice.

A victim of crime is someone who has suffered physical, psychological, or emotional injury, or financial loss because of a crime. It may also include a person who has witnessed a crime or a family member of a person who was injured or killed.

If you are a victim of a crime committed in NSW, you have rights. Your rights are set out and protected under the Charter of Victims Rights. The Charter outlines 18 rights, including your right to:

  • be treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect
  • access necessary medical care, counselling, and legal help 
  • information about the investigation and prosecution of the offender
  • protection from the accused person
  • financial assistance for victims of personal violence.

If you are Aboriginal, your rights are protected under the Aboriginal Charter of Victims Rights

For more information about your rights and the financial support for victims, call Victims Services between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays):

  • Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063
  • Aboriginal Contact Line on 1800 019 123.