The law in Victoria says that you are a victim of crime if you have suffered physical injury, emotional injury or financial loss because of a crime.
You may have:
- been injured in a violent attack
- been the subject of physical assault or robbery
- experienced family violence
- experienced sexual assault
- had a family member killed or injured as a result of a violent attack or culpable driving.
People who witness a crime and family members of an injured person can also be called victims of the crime, because they usually suffer some emotional distress as well.
It can be a difficult and confusing experience, but you don't have to deal with it alone.
In this section, you will find information about:
- the physical and emotional effects of crime
- the support services available to help you
- different types of crime
- the reasons to report a crime
- how to report a crime
- how to keep safe
- how you should be treated as a victim of crime.