Losing a loved one to crime may be one of the most painful and shocking experiences you can go through. It also means that you may need to deal with the justice process for many years following the crime.
The Victims of Crime Helpline can provide advice and support during this difficult time and connect you with services as you need them.
What is culpable driving?
In Victoria, the crime of culpable driving causing death may occur when a person driving a vehicle causes another person’s death because:
- they were driving recklessly or negligently
- were under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that they could not control the vehicle.
Free support across Victoria
The Victims of Crime Helpline 1800 819 817 is available every day 8am to 11pm to provide information, advice and support to anyone who has lost a loved one or family member to culpable driving in Victoria.
The helpline can also help people who are experiencing difficulty and need support after being a witness to a violent crime.
When you contact the helpline, a Victims Support Officer can discuss your situation with you and advise on assistance and support services you can access.
The helpline may be able to organise a support worker from the Victims Assistance Program who can:
- organise counselling, transport and medical services
- help you communicate with police
- assist with managing disruptions to work and study by letting people know what has happened
- assist with applying for financial assistance.
Understanding the traumatic effects of crime
Losing a loved one to a crime is a frightening and traumatic experience. Witnesses who see someone hurt or killed can also be deeply affected, even if they do not know the victim.
Everyone's response is different, but it can be helpful to understand the common feelings and physical reactions people have and what to expect.
On this website, you can learn more about:
- common emotional and physical reactions to stressful events like crimes
- information about living with grief
- suggestions to help you with recovery
- how to best support a family member or friend
- how to help a child who has been affected by crime.
Whether it is just after the crime or you are dealing with ongoing effects on your health and wellbeing, counselling is available. The Victims of Crime Helpline 1800 819 817 can connect you to services that can help.
Help to understand the justice process
The Victims of Crime Helpline can answer your questions about:
- the justice process and what to expect
- getting information about the court case
- giving evidence as a witness and support that is available for you if you need to go to court
- preparing a Victim Impact Statement to tell the court how the crime affected you
- getting information about the offender if they are sentenced to prison from the Victims Register.
You can learn more about culpable driving and justice process below.
Services for counselling and bereavement support
24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Provides a specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them, including face-to-face counselling and support groups.
Road Trauma Support Services
Not for profit organisation that provides free counselling and support to people impacted by road trauma.
Anonymous telephone counselling service providing support to people who are experiencing loss and grief.
The Compassionate Friends Victoria
Supporting parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents after the death of a child at any age.
Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Information about the assistance the TAC can provide if someone has been injured or killed in a road accident.
Coroners Court of Victoria
For information about a coroner’s investigation you can contact the Coroners Court.
Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Legal Aid’s (VLA) Legal Help service provides free general legal information over the phone and by chat online.
Victoria’s health and safety regulator and manager of Victoria’s workers compensation scheme (WorkCover). If the death happened while the person was performing work duties, you may be entitled to make a claim.