You may be worried about telling someone what happened, but there are good reasons for making a police report. By reporting a crime, you can:
- increase your personal safety
- help police charge the person and prevent them from committing it again
- access help and support services
- apply for financial assistance
- make an insurance claim for damaged or stolen property.
Remember, you can discuss your options with police before deciding if you will formally report the crime.
Call the Victims of Crime Helpline
Call the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817 for advice about reporting a crime. They can also connect you with a support worker in your local area.
All violent crime is serious
It doesn't matter what happened or when it happened, all crime is serious. When you report a crime to police you will be listened to.
When you report a crime, the police will listen to your story and investigate the matter. Sometimes, the information you tell them will be enough. in some cases, police need to talk to other people who may have witnessed or been involved in the crime. If the police don't have enough information or there are different versions of events, there may not be enough evidence to continue the investigation. However, this doesn't mean they didn't believe what you told them.
In a criminal matter, the prosecution needs to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the person charged with the crime is guilty. In some cases, when you go to court the accused person will plead guilty and there will be no trial or need for you to give evidence.
If there are no criminal charges, you can still apply for an intervention order to protect yourself and your family members. This is a different process to a criminal trial.
As a victim of crime your safety is important, and there are things that can be done to help improve it. Special arrangements are made for victims of family violence or sexual assault.
Find out more about Keeping safe.