Working with Victims of Crime, Offenders and the Community for Reconciliation and Healing
The Restorative Justice Unit is the primary point of contact for people victimised by crime with Corrective Services New South Wales. The unit provides post-sentence state-wide services which address un-met needs and legislated rights of victims of crime.
We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Corrective Services New South Wales
Level 7, Henry Deane Building
20 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 8346 1054 Fax: (02) 8346 1141
Restorative Justice brings together those with a stake in a specific offence in order to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations and heal and put things as right as possible. Restorative justice puts the people most affected by crime, the victims, at the centre of the process.
The Restorative Justice Unit facilitates a range of restorative processes, specialising in victim-offender conferences. In a victim-offender conference the victims of crime and the offender talk about what happened, how people have been affected and what can be done to make things better.
Victim-offender conferences take place after an adult offender is sentenced and in relation a wide range of offences. A victim-offender conference will only take place if the offender accepts responsibility for the offence, and both the victims of crime and the offender agree to take part. Victim-offender conferences are safe, private and run by trained facilitators and will only go ahead once everyone is ready and well supported.
Participating in a process focussed on their needs, people who are victims of crime can empower themselves and move forward: having a voice, asking questions, expressing how they have been affected, holding the offender accountable and having a say on how the harm can be repaired.
Please link to the following documentsto find out more about Restorative Justice:
For more information please contact us on 8346 1054. A victim-offender conference facilitator can answer your questions, send you a DVD or visit to talk to you further about restorative justice.
The Victims Rights Act 1996 protects and promotes the rights of crime victims. The Charter of Victims Rights states how victims of crime should be treated and assisted.
Corrective Services NSW maintains a register for victims of adult offenders currently sentenced for the offence of which they were the victim. The Victims Register is managed in line with the Charter and can provide information and support to people who are eligible to register.
Registered victims are advised of the proposed release date and will be informed if the offender escapes from custody. Sometimes offenders are eligible to apply for unescorted leave or parole. Registered victim will be advised of this which gives them the chance to decide whether they want to make a written submission.
Please link to the following documents to find out more about the Victims Register:
- Victims Register Brochure
- Victims Register Application Form
- Charter of Victims Rights - Victims Rights Act 1996
For more information, please contact the Victims Register on (02) 8346 1374. Team members can answer questions, discuss the Register and can talk about the type of information that an individual may receive
Other resources for victims of crime
Victims Services’ provides assistance to victims of crime in NSW in accessing services. Victims Services also handles complaints under the Charter of Victims Rights. You can find out more by looking at their website www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/vs or contact them on 1800 633 063 / (02) 8688 5511 or email@example.com
You may also wish to contact one of the following groups for advice, information and support about the Victims Register, Victim-offender conferences or the needs and rights of crime victims:
- Homicide Victims Support Group - 1800 191 777 / (02) 8833 8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enough is Enough - (02) 9542 4029 or email@example.com
- Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL) - (02) 4961 4755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- CSNSW iPhone App