If you have experienced a crime, there are many good reasons to report it to police.
But even if you choose not to, or are just not ready yet, advice and help is available to:
- manage the effects of the crime on your wellbeing
- improve your safety and reduce the risk of it happening again
- gather evidence about what is happening, in case you decide you want to report it later on.
There can be many reasons people choose not to report a crime
These can include:
- fear that you will not be believed
- not being sure if what has happened is a crime
- the person is a partner or family member and you do not want to involve the justice system.
You can find out more about different crimes on this website.
Only you can decide if you want to go ahead with reporting the crime to police. But it is important to know that you:
- have a right to be treated with respect by the police, criminal justice services and victim services in Victoria (read more about the Victims Charter and how you should be treated)
- you can talk about your options for reporting crimes, including family violence and sexual assault, before you decide on what you want to do
- you can get assistance and learn practical steps you can take to help you deal with the behaviour and improve your safety.
Even if you do not want to report now, you can always change your mind at a later date.
You can contact the Victims of Crime Helpline in a way that is right for you
You can call the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817 between 8am and 11pm, every day.
But we understand that you may not be ready to call just yet, so you can also:
The helpline is a free service that can:
- listen to your story and understand your situation
- discuss options and issues around reporting the crime
- explain alternatives such as intervention orders
- explain how the justice system in Victoria works, so you know what to expect
- assist with communicating with police and making a report
- connect you to other support services, including counselling and medical
- help you apply for financial assistance if you are eligible.