Police should inform victims about the existence of Victims Registers. The victims registers contain information about adult offenders, forensic patients and young offenders who have been found guilty of a crime, sentenced and are currently in custody.
As part of the Charter of Victims Rights, victims have the right to:
Right 15: Information about impending release, escape or eligibility for absence from custody “A victim will, on request, be kept informed of the offender’s impending release or escape from custody or of any change in security classification that result in the offender being eligible for unescorted absence from custody.”
Right 16: Submissions on parole and eligibility for absence from custody of serious offenders “A victim will, on request, be provided with the opportunity to make submissions concerning the granting of parole to a serious offender or any change in security classification that would result in a serious offender being eligible for unescorted absence from custody.”
Victims of crime may be able to be listed on a victims register to receive information about an offender who is an adult or a young person in custody, or who is a forensic patient. There are 3 victims registers in NSW. They are:
- The Restorative Justice Unit within Corrective Services – responsible for offenders in custody
- The Forensic Division of the Mental Health Review Tribunal – responsible for mental health forensic patients
- NSW Juvenile Justice – responsible for juveniles in custody.
The NSW Police Force does not maintain the victims registers.
The Victims Access Line (VAL) provides the single entry point for information and referral to all of the 3 Victims Registers. The details for VAL are: Victims Access Line (VAL) – 1800 633 063
Please visit Victim Services for further information.