- Victims of Crime (Vic Govt agency)
- Dept of Justice Crime Victims Helpline 1800 819 817
- Financial Help
- The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) may be able to help with expenses incurred as a result of violent crime: funeral expenses, medical expenses, counselling and even loss of income. In some instances emergency payments can me made before the need of a hearing.
- contact 1800 882 752
- Witness Assistance Service
- Run by the DPP and provides information and support to victims, family members and non-victim witnesses.
- phone 03 9603 7425 or 1800 641 927
Getting Help Through a Trial
Go to our page Managing the Court Process to get an introduction to the trials and tribulations for the uninitiated in having to partake in the court process.
If you have any further questions or problems, feel free to contact the Crime Victims Support Association (03) 9758 4512. email Noel McNamara. Victim Advocates Noel McNamara and Bev McNamara are available to assist you. Our Office is open to serve your needs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for telephone calls. After hours, Victim Advocates may be reached through the Message Bank.
Long Term Help
There is no guaranteed long term cure for the psychological harm that may have been done to you. As a crime victim it is quite normal to experience many of a range of feelings such as the frustration of helplessness, anger, anxiety, sadness, guilt, fear and confusion. Allow us to suggest some possibilities that may overcome your situation.
- No one deserves to be a crime victim so don’t act as though you did. Don’t be ashamed of what happened to you.
- If the felon who harmed you was duly prosecuted and adequately punished then take pleasure in the feeling. Don’t let the woolly haired social engineers make you feel ashamed for wanting vengeance upon those the courts have said are guilty. It is a perfectly normal human desire. To try to repress feelings like that for those who have maliciously caused you harm would only cause you serious problems later in life.
- If unfortunately your situation is like some other victims whose wrongdoer received a minimal sentence, or even managed to evade conviction due to a legal technicality, then hard as it may be, try to forget about the perpetrator. Try not let the crime he has already done to you be compounded by the grief you may suffer by him getting or partially getting away with it. Instead try to channel your energies elsewhere.
If you still feel frustration that the system has let you down in not making those responsible pay their debt to society, then there may be something you can do. Even though nothing more may be able to be done to the perpetrators, you may still have a chance to bring justice to their “accomplices”; that is, the legal system itself that tolerates so may questionable loopholes and lenient sentencing practices.
- Despite the bad things that have happened to you, think of the good things you still have in life: your loved ones including family and friends, your potential to still do things in your life you wish to do.
- If feasible, bearing in mind your particular circumstances, join or return to the workforce as soon as reasonable possible; even if voluntary work.
- Do not retreat from contact with your family, friends, and acquaintances.
- Keep in contact with others who may be in a similar situation as yourself.
- Study the technicalities of the criminal judicial process (on this site, Noel’s blog, and wherever else you can find) and if you find yourself agreeing with the various criticisms of our current law then, for the sake of future victims of our system, speak up and declare you don’t accept the law as it is.
- Become involved with the Crime Victims Support Association
- Help us help other victims of crime
- Help us campaign for a criminal justice system that more reflects the beliefs and values of the community.