Your rights as a victim of crime

Victims of crime in NSW have rights under the NSW Charter of Victims Rights. The ODPP, like other agencies and services you will have contact with, is bound by this Charter.

 

How we should treat you and what we should tell you

The NSW Charter of Victims Rights requires the ODPP to:

  • treat you with courtesy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect
  • provide you with information about services and entitlements
  • keep you informed about the progress and outcomes of the case, if you want us to 
  • tell you if we change or drop charges against the accused
  • consult you if we are considering changing or dropping charges against the accused if the crime was a serious sex offence or caused you physical or psychological harm
  • give you information about the trial process and your role as a witness
  • if the accused applies for bail, tell the court if you need protection from them. If bail is granted, we will tell you about the bail conditions attached
  • make sure your home address and phone number are kept confidential, where possible
  • provide you with information about writing a victim impact statement before sentencing, if the accused pleads guilty or is found guilty
  • provide a letter to your employer so you can take time off to attend court hearings, if you request one

For more information about your rights as a victim, call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.

Making a complaint

Photo of complaint formYou can make a complaint if you think the ODPP, or another agency, has not met your rights under the Charter by filling out a Charter of Victims Rights Complaint form (available on the Victims Services website). If you have a WAS officer, you can ask them about making a complaint.