For Family and Friends

Surviving, witnessing or supporting someone who has been impacted by a violent crime can often lead to emotional distress as a result of the crime.

A related victim is a person who, at the time of an act of violence, is either: a close family member; a dependent; in an intimate personal relationship with the victim of crime.

How we can support you

We tailor our service to meet the needs of each person and can assist with:

Helping you make informed decisions about the support you need or action you wish to take while supporting a family member

Guidance on how you can support your family member through making Victim Impact Statements, attending court proceedings, and navigating the justice system from beginning to end

Related victims may be entitled to counselling and further assistance including:

Medical or counselling expenses

Compensation for distress

Funeral expenses

Loss of money expected to be received from the deceased (up to two years after the death)

Contact us

Victims of Crime Helpline
Monday to Sunday, 8am-11pm
1800 819 817
Text 0427 767 891


This is a free service
This service is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Do I need a referral?

No. You do not need a referral to access this service.

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