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A victim of crime is someone who has suffered physical, psychological or emotional injury, or financial loss because of a crime, such as:
- 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 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 .
Read about our commitment to the victims' charter, and how to make a complaint about our treatment of victims of crime.
Financial assistance and compensation
Victims of crime may be able to get financial assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, or compensation from the person who committed the crime.
Victim impact statements
A victim impact statement explains how a crime has affected the victim. It is presented to the court when the defendant is being sentenced.
Other support for victims of crime
Learn where to get legal help and other support for victims of crime.
Publications and resources
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Reviewed 12 August 2022