Being a victim of crime can be a difficult, stressful and sometimes traumatic experience. Everyone deals with it in their own way.
In this section you will find information on:
- how to get help in an emergency
- the impact of crime, including information on how to support others who have been a victim of crime
- different types of crime, including more detailed information on homicide, domestic violence, sexual violence and youth crime.
Definition of victim of crime
This website is for victims of criminal offences. The law says you are a victim of a crime if you have:
- had a crime committed against you, or
- suffered physical harm because of a crime committed by someone, or
- had property taken or damaged because of a crime committed by someone.
A victim of crime can also be:
- a parent or legal guardian of a child or young victim, as long as the parent or legal guardian has not been charged with the crime, or
- the immediate family members of someone who dies, or can no longer take care of themselves, because of a crime committed by someone.
Victims of crime have rights about how they are treated and the information they can receive. You can read about victims’ rights on this website or talk to someone from a support agency, the Police or the Victims Information Line about what you can expect.