The effects of crime
Beyond the direct harm caused by a crime, there are common emotional and physical effects that you may experience. You can get support.
Types of crime
There are many different types of crime. If you are affected, you can take action.
How to report a crime
Find out your options for reporting a crime in Victoria.
Reasons to report a crime
You may be worried about telling someone what happened, but there are good reasons for making a police report.
If I am not ready to report the crime yet
Even if you are not ready to report a crime, you can still get help from the Victims of Crime Helpline.
Your safety is important and, if you are affected by crime, there are things you can do to help improve it.
Service standards you can expect
You can expect to be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity by victim support services at all times.
The Victorian Government’s Victims of Crime Helpline offers information, advice and support for you and your family.
About the investigation
After a crime is reported to police, there is a police investigation.
Making a statement
If you are the victim or witness of a crime, the police will ask you to make a detailed statement about what happened.
As part of the investigation, the police collect evidence they will need to prove a case in court.
Getting information about the investigation
You have a right to be kept informed.
When police investigate a crime, they will decide on whether there is enough evidence to lay charges against an accused person.
Summary and indictable offences
Criminal offences are divided into two types based on how serious they are.
Bail and remand
Most people who are charged with a crime get bail, which means they are released until the court case.
Getting information about your court case
Find out how to get information about court cases in Victoria.
Summons and subpoenas
As a victim of crime, you may be called upon to be a witness in court.
Types of courts
The court the case will go to depends on the type of crime that was committed and the age of the accused person.
Getting ready for court
If you are a witness in the court case, you need to get ready for court.
What to do when you have to give evidence at court.
Victim Impact Statements
Telling the court about how the crime has affected you.
The court's decision
At the end of a court case, important decisions are made about the verdict and any penalties.
Financial assistance and compensation for victims of crime
If you have been affected by a crime, you may be able to apply for financial assistance or seek compensation from the offender.
Applying for financial assistance from VOCAT
Victims of violent crime in Victoria may be able to apply for financial assistance to help them with costs.
Child Witness Service
A service to help children and young people who are witnesses at court.
A guilty verdict is not always the end of the court process. Learn about how appeals work.
While the offender is in prison
Offenders may serve their sentence in a prison or youth justice centre in Victoria.
An offender serving a sentence in prison may apply for parole – conditional release into the community after they have served their non-parole period.
Post sentence scheme
The post sentence scheme monitors some serious sex and serious violent offenders after the end of their sentence to help reduce risks of reoffending in the community.
Victims Register – offender information
Victims can apply to receive updates about offenders who are sent to prison.
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