Victims of Crime: Rights and Responsibilities

As a Victim of Crime you have a broad range of Rights and Responsibilities under the South Australian Victims of Crime Act 2001.

Your Rights as a Victim are enshrined in the Declaration of Principles Governing Treatment of Victims; Part 2, Division 2 of the VOC Act 2011. Please refer to the Act if you want detailed information about your rights under the Victims of Crime Act 2001 information – link to www.voc.sa.gov.au.

In summary, as a Victim you have the right to:

  • Fair and Dignified Treatment
  • Have your perceived need for protection taken into account in bail proceedings
  • Receive information, on request, about the investigation, prosecution and the prisoner’s involvement with the correctional system.
  • Be advised on your role as a witness
  • Be consulted in relation to certain decisions (about serious offences); to charge the accused, amend charges or drop charges.
  • Be present in court, unless the court orders otherwise.
  • Have the impact of the offence considered by sentencing court and to make submissions on parole.
  • Request that the prosecution consider an appeal.
  • Be informed about access to health and welfare services
  • Information about compensation and restitution
  • The return of property
  • Protection of your Privacy

As a Victim of Crime you also have Responsibilities.

This includes:

  • Telling the Truth.
  • Attending Court if the Police Subpoena you.A subpoena is a court order, secured by the Police, requesting your attendance at a specific court on a specific date and time in order to give evidence about an alleged crime.
  • Giving evidence at Court if the Court requests that you do so.
  • Making sure that you update your contact details with the Police and your Witness Assistance Officer (WAO).This assists us to keep you informed of, and involved in, any developments in the prosecution.It is important to remember that if the Police or WAO cannot contact you then the Police, Prosecution or the Courts may have to make decisions about important aspects of the process without your input.
  • Informing your Investigating Officer or WAO of any adverse health and/ or wellbeing issues that may impact on your ability to give evidence in court. If we are kept informed we can offer support and assistance.

For more Information:   http://www.voc.sa.gov.au/victims-crime-act-2001 – www.voc.sa.gov.au