A NSW charity for victims of crime, particularly violent crime and the law abiding community.
We provide a comprehensive range of services for people who have suffered as a result of a crime of violence and need help dealing with the effects of crime. Our services are freely available to everyone, regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported and when it happened.
VOCAL provides information, support, practical guidance, advocacy, and referrals for victims of crime, their friends, family, and the wider community.
This includes victims of:
- Harassment, bullying, and stalking
- Crimes of violence, including assaults, kidnapping, armed robbery or arson
- Family and domestic violence – abusive relationships
- Sexual assault
- Child sexual assault or abuse
- Murder and suspicious death
- Criminal road crashes
We tend to support people, rather than a specific crime type. Many will have experienced several crimes.
We are an independent organisation – not part of the police, courts or any other criminal justice agency.
Our motto “Victim – Survivor – Thriver- Inspirer” reflects our belief that good, timely, truthful support can help people regain their sense of control over their lives, help them make informed choices and help them to overcome life’s challenges. Many go on to become inspirational leaders for others, teaching, by example, that we are all “Alive for a Reason”. Hear our Youth Patron speak at about his journey, and why he is Alive for a reason.
We welcome law-abiding members of the community to join VOCAL and support our work as members, volunteers, interns, students and professionals.