Victims of Crime Act 2001 (SA) and regulations
Non-government organisation providing a comprehensive range of services for victims of crime and their families including information, professional counselling, advocacy, court support, and support groups. Interpreters are provided free of charge for speakers of community languages receiving direct support from the organisation.
Offices are located in Adelaide CBD, Hindmarsh, Port Adelaide, Marion, Salisbury, Elizabeth and Berri. Outreach services are available to the whole state of South Australia via telephone, video or face to face as required.
Victim Support Service (VSS) provides support for adults survivors of institutional childhood abuse through the National Redress Scheme Program and to women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence through the Staying Home Staying Safe Program. VSS services are free and confidential. Support can be offered and the crime doesn’t need to have been reported to police.
A wide range of information for victims of crime can be located on the website of the Commissioner for Victims' Rights (SA). Information can be accessed regarding the criminal legal process, victim impact statements, the Victim Register, compensation, and available support services. A comprehensive list of publications is also available.
Offers services for victims of crime and vulnerable witnesses including:
All children and young people under the age of 18 who are victims and witnesses of crime must be referred to the Witness Assistance Service. The service is restricted to those cases where a prosecution is being conducted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Police Victim Contact Officers
Victim contact officers can provide victims of crime with advice and information about support and counselling services available, and can liaise with prosecution authorities and other sections of the police force.
A police victim contact officer can be contacted via the victim's local police service area, the details of which can be found in the white pages or via the SAPOL website.
The Coroner's Court Social Workers provide counselling and support for family members or friends including initial grief counselling during the time immediately following the death of a person and at key points following the death (e.g. when a finding is made by the Coroner). The Support Service can also provide specific information about the coronial process, can assist in preparing for inquests, and can make referrals to other longer term counselling and other services.
This Unit assists registered victims by providing information about offenders' progress while in custody, including anticipated dates of release for bail, home detention or parole; details of any transfer between correctional facilities; and any escapes from custody.
Yarrow Place is the leading South Australian public health agency responding to adult rape and sexual assault. It provides direct services to victims of rape and sexual assault aged 16 years or over at the time of the assault, including:
Yarrow Place provides counselling and support for Aboriginal youth and adults who have experienced sexual assault.