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Summary

At the Neighbourhood Justice Centre we seek to repair the harm that results from criminal or harmful behaviour in our community. We provide a range of support services and practical assistance to help you and your family cope with the experience of being a victim of crime.

If you are a victim of crime, or a member of your family is a victim of crime, there is help available at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre. You can get counselling, information, referrals, and practical assistance.

There is information available below on the following services:

  • Victims Assistance and Counselling program
  • Help for women escaping family violence
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • Victim security and safety

Victims Assistance and Counselling program

The Victims Assistance and Counselling program at the NJC is a specialised service that provides practical support and counselling to help you and your family cope with the effects of being a victim of violent crime.

Help includes:

  • specialised trauma counselling
  • liaising with police, solicitors, housing agencies, other medical professionals.

The program can help people recover from trauma in several ways, by supporting people to:

  • re-establish safety
  • regain power in their lives
  • reconnect with family, friends and their community

Merri Community Health Services runs this service at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Help for women escaping family violence

A Berry Street Worker is at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre on Mondays to assist women who are escaping family violence.

This person can help you with the intervention order process, helping with refuge accommodation and providing casework.

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)

As a victim of crime, you may be able to claim financial assistance through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) at the NJC.

There are different types of financial assistance available. If you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been a victim of a violent crime, you can make an application to VOCAT on their behalf. You may also be eligible to make an application for yourself as a secondary victim.

See Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) for more information on their role at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre. 

Victim Safety and Security

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre building is designed to protect and support victims. To ensure that victims do not come into contact with the offender, a separate entrance and secure waiting rooms are available to victims. We can also arrange for victims to 'appear' in court from a remote witness room using our closed circuit facilities.

Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images and voices of people who have died.

Reviewed: 02/1/2014 © 2014 State Government of Victoria