Losing a loved one to crime may be the most painful and confronting experience you can go through.
At the start, you might feel shocked, angry and confused.
You might feel numb, and not believe that this has happened to you.
You'll have trouble coping with the little things of day to day life.
Later, you may experience depression, anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder.
The effects of crime are many
The Victims Support Agency has produced a series of videos that explore the stories of five people who have lost loved ones to violent crime, documenting both the emotional effects of the crime and their experience of the trial process.
The series gives an insight into the way grief affected their lives, and how they've learned to live with it.
Support for victims of crime
The Victorian Government’s Victims of Crime Helpline provides free information, support and referral to victims of violent crime.
It’s the gateway for victims to receive a range of services to help them manage the effects of crime.
Research shows that victims benefit from receiving support early, both in terms of helping their recovery and improving their experience of the criminal justice system.
If you have contact (professional or personal) with anyone who may have been affected by violent crime, learn more about the services available to victims of crime, or download the Frequently Asked Questions about the Victims of Crime Helpline.
The Victims of Crime Helpline
Call 1800 819 817
Text 0427 767 891
Open 8am-11pm every day
There is a law in Victoria called the Victims' Charter Act (2006). It sets out how criminal justice system services and victim support services should treat victims of crime.
As a result, Victims of crime can expect to be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity by the police, the Office of Public Prosecutions and victim support services at all times.
Learn more about Victims' rights.