Victoria Legal Aid

Victims of crime

Learn about rights and where to get support for people who have suffered physical or emotional injury, or financial loss because of a crime.

A victim of crime is someone who has suffered physical, psychological or emotional injury, or financial loss because of a crime, such as:

  • robbery
  • violent attack
  • family violence
  • sexual assault.

It may also include a person who has witnessed a crime or a family member of a person who was injured or killed.

Victims of crime have rights

Victoria has a Victims’ Charter Act 2006External Link that sets out how you should be treated by everyone handling your case. This includes police, the courts, the Office of Public Prosecutions and victim support agencies. If you believe that an organisation has not followed the charter, you can make a complaint to the Victims of Crime CommissionerExternal Link .

Read about our commitment to the victims' charter, and how to make a complaint about our treatment of victims of crime.

Publications and resources

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Reviewed 12 August 2022