The Victims Assistance Program provides assistance to victims of violent crime against the person. The program aims to assist victims to effectively manage and recover from the effects of crime. The crime needs to have occurred in the state of Victoria.
The program also supports both witness and affected family members of victims of a violent crime, including family members of people who have died as a result of an act of violence.
The Victims Assistance Program have Koori Engagement Workers who can assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of crime in a culturally appropriate way.
The Victims Assistance Program supports people who have been affected by crime such as:
- Family violence
- Sexual assault
- Culpable driving (causing the death of a person)
- Respond to people identifying as male, who are survivors of family violence
We tailor our service to meet the needs of each person but can assist with:
- Emergency home security and safety planning;
- Communicating with police and making a statement to police;
- Arranging counselling, transport and medical services;
- Referrals to other services including legal advice;
- Getting ready for court;
- Preparing a Victim Impact Statement;
- Get help applying for compensation and financial assistance;
- Getting information about the offender.
This free service is open to people living in the Loddon Mallee area of Victoria. Appointment can be made in the Anglicare Victoria offices in Bendigo, Kyneton, Maryborough, Castlemaine, Echuca, Swan Hill or Mildura. The service is also co-located with Victoria Police at Bendigo, Echuca, Kyneton, Castlemaine, Swan Hill and Mildura Police Stations.