If you are a
victim of crime, you can find out about your rights; where to access counselling and how to apply for compensation at Victims Services.
The Victims Services website has a section called
Justice Journey which gives practical advice and contact details of service providers that can help and support you before, during and after the court process.
Victims Services also publishes a range of fact sheets and brochures to help victims at different stages of their experience. The guides they publish about the criminal justice system include Sentencing and Victim Impact Statements.
If you are an Aboriginal person or Torres Straits islander who is a victim of crime in NSW, you can call the special confidential
Victim's Services Aboriginal Contact Line on 1800 019 123.
These are some of the support services available for witnesses. Part of the Department of Attorney General and Justice,
Victims Services gives information on court support for witnesses and victims of crime in its highly informative website.
It has links to services for witnesses or victims with particular needs, for example people with cognitive disabilities.
Your time at court is a special section aimed at witnesses who need to give evidence.
Witness Assistance Service (WAS) is a NSW service for witnesses and victims of crime appearing in court cases prosecuted by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
WAS provides information about:
If you need to write a witness statement, LawAccess NSW has
instructions for preparing witness statements and samples of completed statements. Telephone LawAccess NSW at 1300 888 529.
Remote witness facilities allow vulnerable witnesses, such as children or victims of sexual assault, to give evidence from a room that is separate from the courtroom.
If you have concerns about giving evidence in a courtroom, speak to the prosecutor or your solicitor about making a request to use remote witness facilities.