Victims of violent crimes that occurred in NSW may be eligible for financial support and counselling through the NSW Victims Support Scheme.
Types of victims
- Primary victim – a person who is injured physically or emotionally, or dies as a result of:
- An act of violence; or
- Trying to prevent another person from committing an act of violence; or
- Trying to help or rescue another person against who that act is being committed or has just been committed; or
- Trying to arrest someone who was being violence to someone else.
- Family victim – a person who is a member of the immediate family of a homicide victim.
- E.g. Spouse, de facto partner of least two years, parent, child, siblings.
- Secondary victim – a person who has been injured physically or emotionally from:
- E.g. Seeing a violent crime.
What is an act of violence?
An act of violence is an act or series of related acts, whether committed by one or more persons:
- a) that has occurred while the perpetrator was committing a criminal offence
- b) that has involved violent conduct against one or more persons
- c) that has resulted in injury or death to one or more of those persons
An act of violence extends to sexual assault and domestic violence.