Access free legal services
To know where to access free legal services if I am the victim of a crime or charged with an offence
Let's start with why this is important:
- if you are arrested or charged with an offence, you have the right to legal aid
- if you are a victim of crime, understanding your reactions from past traumatic events can be helpful
- You are also entitled to legal aid and many counselling and crisis support services such as:
WRHC's 'Once Upon A Crime' is a short animation that explains the impact of crime and gives strategies for recovery. It is particularly helpful in the months after the crime has occurred, but is useful at any stage for someone who has experienced or witnessed a crime.
For video transcript, click here.
If you don’t like the way you are being treated by police, take down the name and number of the officer and get some legal advice about how to make a complaint. If you are injured, see a doctor as soon as possible.
I have been charged with an offence and I need legal advice
Youthlaw provides legal advice and casework services to people under 25. The Youthlaw site has info about legal issues relevant to young people including school, police mistreatment of young people, and employment. You can contact them on 03 9611 2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, there are a number of Community Legal Centres (CLCs) operating throughout Victoria who may be able to provide advice and assistance. Contact their head office on (03) 9652 1500 or email@example.com
I am the victim of a crime and I need financial/emotional support
Who can help victims of crime? What happens when a crime is investigated and prosecuted? Clear answers are provided in a booklet provided by the Victims Support Agency. Download it,
A Victim's Guide to Support Services and the Criminal Justice System or call the Victims of Crime Helpline, 1800 819 817 for a free copy.