The Victims' Charter Act 2006 (External link) sets out principles for the way the criminal justice system and victims' service agencies must act when dealing with victims of crime.

This means that if you are a victim of crime, you can expect to:

  • be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity
  • be treated as a participant in the criminal proceeding
  • be provided with information in a way that you can understand and in the way that you prefer
  • be informed about services to help you
  • be informed about investigation of the crime
  • be informed about prosecution of the accused
  • be informed about the trial process, being a witness, court dates, attendance at court, the court outcome and any appeals
  • be informed about bail applications and any bail conditions imposed, including those that may affect your safety
  • be asked your views about prosecution of the accused
  • be protected from unnecessary contact with the accused in court
  • have an opportunity to write a Victim Impact Statement (External link)at sentencing
  • have your property handled respectfully and returned (after it is no longer needed as evidence)
  • have an opportunity to apply for financial assistance (External link)
  • be informed about a convicted offender’s sentence, transfer, release or escape from jail if you are on the Victims Register (External link)
  • have an opportunity to provide written submissions to a parole board
  • have your personal information kept private unless the law allows for it to be shared.