It's very common for a victim of crime to know the person who committed the crime.
The accused person might try to contact you to:
- scare or intimidate you
- explain why they did it
- apologise for what they have done.
You should avoid any contact with the accused person or their lawyer.
What to do
You should contact the police investigator if:
- the accused person tries to contact you
- the accused person's family or friends try to contact you
- there is any threatening behaviour towards you or your family.
In an emergency, call the police on '000'.
If you are a victim of family violence, the police can ensure your safety by:
- removing the perpetrator if they are at the scene and are committing a crime/breaching an intervention order
- referring you to a service that can support you
- referring you to emergency accommodation if it is not safe to stay in your home, and you want to go
- help you safely leave the premises
- if necessary, stay at the scene until you and your family members can be removed from risk.