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Safety and Protection
If you have been a victim of crime, feeling safe is an important step in regaining your wellbeing.
To protect your safety both now and in the future you can take action to look after yourself, and also to report the crime and possibly have the accused arrested, charged and taken to court.
If you have been hurt you can receive medical treatment for your injuries, such as injuries resulting from sexual assault. Even if you are not physically hurt you may feel bad or upset and need to talk to someone, or you may need support to recover from the crime.
Our legal system recognises that victims of violent crime have particular needs and may require extra support during court proceedings. Select a link below for more information about that topic.
Some areas of NSW are running a 'Staying Home Leaving Violence' project. which provides support and assistance to women who prefer to remain safely in their own home, without the abusive person. The NSW Domestic Violence website has contact numbers for the Staying Home Leaving Violence program in your area. You can also contact the Community Services Domestic Violence Line (Phone 1800 656 463) to see if there is a 'Staying Home Leaving Violence' project in your area.
Charter of Victims Rights
8. Protection of your privacy
You can keep your address and phone numbers private unless the court says different.
If you need protection tell the police or prosecution when the offender applies for bail.
12. Special bail conditions
You should be told about any special bail conditions the offender is given which are meant to protect you or your family, like a condition which says the offender must not contact you.
13. Bail decision
If you were the victim of sexual assault or other serious assault you should be told if the offender gets bail or not.
15. When the offender gets released
If the offender is is gaol you can be told if the offender is going to be released from gaol soon, has escaped gaol or is on day release.
16. When the offender applies for parole
You can have a say if your offender applies for parole.
(Note that the above hyperlinks take you to the full charter version)