The Legal System

Where someone suffers threats to harm, injury or someone is killed, people expect they have both a right to protection and that criminal action will be taken against the person who committed the crime.Unfortunately this is not always the case, and the Victim Support Unit provides ongoing emotional support to people who find themselves lost the legal system.

We patiently explain the rights of the offender compared to the limited rights of a victim (view the Offender vs Victims Rights handout for more information). We explain the roll of a police prosecutor or DPP is to represent the community, and not specifically the victim of the crime. This imbalance between offender and victim is hard for our clients to understand, and often another layer of trauma they experience.

Providing ongoing support to our clients while they experience the legal process is an essential part of the Victim Support Unit’s work. Many people have many questions that arise – often at times when they can’t make contact with police or the DPP. Keeping our clients informed about the process helps elevate their stress, anxiety and vulnerability.

The Victim SUpport Unit assists clients through AVO matter, Local, District and Supreme Courts, Mental Health Review Tribunals, Coroner’s Court matters, Family Court and Children’s Court.

 

 

Did you know...

...that only a very small proportion of the crimes that are committed actually get into the criminal justice system. For every 1,000 'crimes' committed, only 400 are reported to the police - of which...

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are deemed a 'crime'

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'Crimes' detected

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Result in court conviction

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Granted custodial sentence