Victims of crime are central to the ACT justice system, and justice and victim support agencies are committed to enhancing safety, assisting victims of crime and achieving justice for the Canberra community.
Victims should be supported to ensure their interests are acknowledged and promoted at every point in the criminal justice process. This helps to avoid further trauma being caused to people who have experienced crime and encourages crime to be reported.
Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime
The ACT Government has introduced a Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime to ensure victims have a clear understanding of their rights, are treated with respect and have access to complaint resolution processes if their rights are breached. The Charter commenced on 1 January 2021.
The Charter reflects the input of community members who gave views on how the Charter can best meet the needs and interests of victims of crime during the consultation period on the Charter.
The Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime can be found in part 3A of the Victims of Crime Act 1994.
Victim Support ACT
Anyone who is a victim of a crime committed in the ACT is eligible for some support or information from Victim Support ACT.
Victim Support ACT provides an integrated service for victims of crime. The service provides support and information, counselling and therapy, and specialised assistance that enable victims to participate effectively in the justice process.
For more information on Victim Support ACT and information about victims services in the ACT more broadly, please see www.victimsupport.act.gov.au.
National Redress Scheme
The ACT has joined the National Redress Scheme to provide support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. For more information, please visit here.
Victims Advisory Board
The Victims of Crime Act 1994 establishes the Victims Advisory Board. Members include representatives of justice agencies, and legal and victim representatives. The Board seeks to promote the interests of and achieve better outcomes for victims of crime.
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