The Victims Legal Service provides free legal advice and support to people who have suffered injury or loss because of a crime and need help to:
- get financial assistance through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal
- get compensation from the person who committed the crime.
The Victims Legal Service is delivered in partnership between Victoria Legal Aid, community legal centres and Aboriginal legal services across the state.
The Victims Legal Service Helpline is a specialist advice phone line, that will provide legal information, legal advice and referrals from 14 March 2023. The service is available to all victims of crime who need legal information or advice on how to make an application for financial assistance with the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal or to make an application for restitution and compensation from the person who committed the crime.
How to get help
If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander you may choose to get assistance from an Aboriginal legal service provider (including Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service or Djirra). You can contact Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service or Djirra directly, or contact the Victims Legal Service Helpline and be provided with a referral.
The Victims Legal Service is not able to assist you with all your victim related legal matters. This includes if you need legal support as a witness in a criminal trial, coronial matters or other civil processes that do not relate to financial compensation through VOCAT or restitution and compensation orders (RACOs).
If the Victims Legal Service is unable to assist you, we will refer you to another service that may be able to provide you with the support you need.
The Victims of Crime Helpline is a free service offering information, advice and referrals to help victims to manage and recover from the effects of crime. Helpline staff can also contact other agencies on your behalf so you don't need to repeat your story. The Victims Support Agency also manages the Victims Assistance and Counselling Program and can help you apply to the Victims Register.
Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.
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Reviewed 14 March 2023