If you are the victim of crime, you may be entitled to support under the Victims Support Scheme. You may be able to get help even if no one was charged or convicted.
New laws came into force on 3 June 2013, which changed the way support is provided for victims. If you made an application before 3 June 2013, you should get
legal advice to see how these changes might affect you.
If you are:
you may be entitled to the following support:
You also may be entitled to counselling if you
There are strict time limits from when the act of violence occurred, or from when a victim turned 18, for applying for some of the support available under the Victims Support Scheme. You should get
legal advice about which time limits apply in your situation.
You can find more information and application forms on the Victims Services website.
You can call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.
Aboriginal victims of crime can call the Aboriginal Contact Line on
1800 019 123.
You can also visit Victim Services in person at their offices in Parramatta:
Level 1, Justice Precinct Offices 160 Marsden Street PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
If you want to make an application to Victims Services, you should get legal advice.
Before 3 June 2013, victims of an act of violence could apply for compensation under the old scheme. Applications made before 3 June 2013 will now be decided under the new Victims Support Scheme. If you have an existing claim you may be entitled to support, including financial assistance, under the new scheme.
For information about what you may be entitled to, go to the
Victims Services website.
If you applied for victims compensation before 3 June 2013, you should get
legal advice about how the new scheme will affect your claim.
You may be able to make a civil claim against the person who committed the crime against you.
In some cases a court may order that an offender pay you compensation for your injuries. This is called a criminal compensation order.
you are not eligible for support under the scheme provided by Victims Services. If you have already received financial support from Victims Services you may have to pay it back if you make a civil claim or a criminal compensation order is made.
You should get
legal advice if you want to find out more about criminal compensation orders or making a civil claim.