Suffering a crime changes lives. Existing beliefs about justice will be challenged in the face of trauma, legal processes and victims expectations are frequently not met. Physical, emotional, financial fallout, grief, loss, changes in relationships and available support systems can be very complex. Ordinary life dreams and responsibilities can be hard to hold onto. The criminal process can be tough and last a very long time.
VOCAL Inc NSW, a gift-deductible charity formed in 1989, believes that if people can access proper tools, right information, referrals, guidance and non-judgemental support coping and recovery – in whatever form that takes – will be possible, and will minimise further harm that often follows a crime.
VOCAL Inc NSW’s Mission Statement: To provide excellence in positively supporting the needs of people affected by crime and similar tragedy, and the law abiding community. To promote the rights and needs of victims.
VOCAL Inc NSW’s Motto is “Victim – Survivor – Thriver – Inspirer” an aspirational pathway reflecting our belief that timely, truthful, positive & trauma-informed support works. People regain control over their lives, understand the limitations of services and processes. make informed choices, and learn to better manage life’s challenges. Many overcome hardship and follow our motto, going on to become inspirational leaders for others, teaching, by example, that we are all “Alive for a Reason”.
VOCAL Inc NSW Services: Needs-based, free, personal, comprehensive range of information, guidance, support, referral, positive strategies, court preparation, parole, mental health tribunal, restorative justice processes etc and advocacy. Assisting with crime prevention, making a report, coping if you don’t want to report, historical crimes like sexual abuse that happened when the victim was a child, or crimes that happened long ago. Some people have suffered several crimes.
There is no generic or “catch-all” approach defining what fits under the term ‘victim of crime’, or guarantees of how a case will unfold. Victims have a right to seek help when they require it, and at whatever point they have reached on their life journey.
Victims of the same crime type will have different experiences, responses, capacities and needs. They will come from all walks of life, so our client-centred focus ensures that the support services we provide and refer to, remain sensitive to the needs of each of our clients, irrespective of any group with which they identify themselves. We feel well equipped to work with the additional issues facing each victim on the basis of their:
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Religious Identity
- Cultural Group
- Political Persuasion
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Contact us to make a donation via direct deposit, or forward your cheque or money order to: VOCAL Inc NSW, 47 Hudson Street HAMILTON NSW 2303.
For an annual fee of $15, you can BECOME A MEMBER !! We welcome law-abiding members of the community to join VOCAL and support our work as members, volunteers, interns, students and professionals.