Victims Assistance Program (VAP)
The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre, working together with Emma House, has commenced delivery of the Victims Assistance Program (VAP) across the Barwon South West region.
The Victims Assistance Program is a critical part of the state-wide response to all victims of crime, providing services to victims at a local level and delivered by community agencies. The Victims Assistance Program works to reduce the impacts of crime and supports victim recovery by providing practical assistance, advocacy, case management support and access to a range of services, including engagement with the criminal justice system and helping victims recover from the impact.
The Victims Assistance Program provides trauma informed services that are responsive to the complex and diverse needs of victims of reported and unreported crime against the person. Victims span across all genders, sex, race and cultural backgrounds within Victoria.
Anyone looking for support should contact the Victims of Crime Helpline, 1800 819 817, available 8am-11pm 7 days per week to be referred to their local VAP.
We will tailor our service to meet the needs of each individual requiring support through the VAP and can assist with:
- help to make informed decisions about the support a client needs or action they wish to take (e.g. reporting a crime)
- referrals to other services or supports
- help with making victim impact statements, attending court proceedings, and helping clients navigate the justice system from beginning to end
- help with VOCAT applications (compensation for criminal acts)
- access to counselling and therapeutic related services
- access to practical supports
Who can access this service?
Individuals can access this service if:
- they or someone close to them has been a victim of a violent crime
- they live, work or study in Barwon South West region
- they have experienced a violent crime against the person in Victoria (for both reported and unreported crimes)