Supporting Victims
and Witnesses

This website has been created to help Victims, Witnesses and Bereaved Family Members navigate the Victorian criminal justice system

Coronavirus Health Crisis

Due to the unprecedented events that are currently unfolding regarding the Coronavirus Health Crisis, Victoria’s Criminal Courts have suspended all hearings requiring witnesses and juries at this time. 

It is anticipated that some pleas will also be impacted. The suspension of some criminal matters in the immediate future has occurred to protect the safety of all involved and to enable optimum resources to look at how we can identify new modes of operation to ensure that Court services can continue to operate even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.  

We appreciate that the current circumstances may have left many of you facing anxiety and uncertainty regarding when there may be an outcome for criminal matters in which you have been impacted.  Please rest assured that the Courts and the OPP are working tirelessly to ensure that cases can be safely completed as soon as possible.  We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available. 

Our dedicated team of social workers and solicitors are continuing to provide all of our victims and witnesses support during this time. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the solicitor or social worker allocated to your matter or contact the VWAS admin line on 9603 7425, Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm.   

The Victims of Crime Help Line is also available to provide ongoing support operating 7 days per week from 8am until 11pm. Should you require urgent crisis assistance, please dial 000 or contact Lifeline on 131114

Victims

Information for victims of crime to understand your role, provide support, assistance and help

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Witnesses

Information for witnesses to understand your role, how to look after yourself and stay safe

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BEREAVED FAMILIES

Information for Bereaved Family Members on the court process and your role in it

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The Court Process

Going to court can be a daunting experience. This site will help explain all aspects of the court process including:

  • giving evidence
  • going to court
  • what to do when you arrive at court
  • prosecutions in regional areas
  • prosecuting mental impairment cases
  • court support
The Court Process

Support

Find out the types of support you are entitled to and able to access as part of the process

Support

About the OPP

We are Victoria's largest criminal legal practice. On behalf of the community we prepare and present prosecutions against people accused of serious crimes.