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Victims of Crime Northern Territory

Victims of Crime Northern Territory

Services provided:
24 Hour call-out service

A memorandum of understanding currently exists with the Northern Territory Police Service to offer immediate call-out of a Victim Assistance Worker to distressed victims. This service is only available in the Darwin/Palmerston areas.

24 hour phone help line

The phone is diverted to our volunteer workers who offer support and information to victims of crime. This line is to be contacted in the event of a break-in in order for contractors to be contacted to resecure or clean up a property. The phone line is a free call number Territory wide.

Court Support

Court support can be arranged for those victims feeling traumatised or overwhelmed by the court process. On domestic violence days, Wednesdays and Fridays, workers can be present at the Darwin Magistrates court. The role of the worker is to provide support to victims by answering any questions about the court process, to explain what the lawyers or the magistrate are talking about, and to simply sit with the victim so that they don’t have to face the court alone.

Advocacy

We can liaise on behalf of the client with the police, courts, solicitors and other agencies. This may range from phoning a solicitor for a client to investigate the progress of their compensation case through to arranging emergency accommodation after leaving violence. We can also provide support to victims dealing with government agencies, such as Territory Housing, advocating for special consideration when a client may not meet the particular agencies prescribed criteria.

Clean-up and Securing Fund (Financial Assistance for Unlawful Entries)

The Government contracts our organisation to manage and distribute financial assistance to victims of unlawful entry to clean-up and secure their residential property after the crime to a maximum of $250. This initiative is to help victims in their time of need in order to minimise the stress of cleaning up after the offender or feeling unsafe in a non-secure home.

Phone

(08) 8941 0995

Toll Free 1800 672 242 (from within the Northern Territory)

Address

Suite 1, Le Grande Apartments 8 Knuckey Street Darwin NT 0800

Sector/setting: 
Community services
Justice, courts & legal
Response
Sexual assault
Location: 
NT
Type of service: 
Specialist services
After hours services