Are you a victim of an offender serving a sentence?
The Corrective Services New South Wales (CSNSW) Victims Register may share certain information about offenders who are serving a sentence in New South Wales as a result of a criminal act against victims. We aim to provide you with a responsive and supportive service to support you during this difficult time.
Who is eligible
You can apply to go on the Victims Register if:
- you are a victim of an offence for which the adult offender has been sentenced, or
- you are a family representative of such a victim of crime – if the victim of crime is deceased, incapacitated or under 18 years of age.
There are situations in which more than one family representative can be registered. If this could apply to your circumstances, please give us a call to further discuss the issues.
Who is not eligible
Anyone who was not directly involved in the offence for which the offender is currently sentenced, such as:
- a witness or bystander uninjured by the offence;
- a member of the family but not the victim of the offence (other than a family representative);
- an unrelated individual interested in following the progress of the offender;
- a community representative or group.
Any crime for which an offender has received a custodial sentence.
Benefits of registration
- You receive information on the offender’s sentence and what is likely to happen throughout their time in custody.
- You will receive information on your rights under the legislation.
- You will receive support to have your say and make submissions, where the legislation allows.
On request, we will provide you with an annual update of the offender’s location in custody and security classification.
Victim submissions for unescorted leave or parole considerations
If an offender is eligible to be considered for unescorted leave or parole, the Victims Register will contact registered victims to explain the upcoming process and let them know whether they are able to make a submission.
The purpose of the submission is for registered victims to express their views and request any conditions that they feel should be imposed on the offender, should leave or parole be granted.
Placing a submission is optional and victims should not feel obliged to provide a submission. The Victims Register can provide assistance with preparing a submission. If leave or parole is declined, a victim’s submission can be carried forward to the next consideration. Submissions are always held confidential and not released to an offender, unless a victim consents.
Applying for registration
- Victims Register Application Form - for e reader (PDF , 120.5 KB)
- Victims Register Application Form (PDF , 715.4 KB)
After an application is submitted, the Victims Register will always contact the victim to confirm that their registration has been finalised.
What Happens Next?
The Victims Register will aim to process your applications within 10 days. If your application is urgent, please also phone the Victims Register.
For further information about information on our website or to request information about an offender, please contact the CSNSW Victims Register during business hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).
Phone 02 8688 6833
Post Locked Bag 5111
Parramatta NSW 2124
Restorative Justice (RJ) offers you, as a victim of crime the opportunity to communicate safely with the offender about the impact of their actions. Interventions may include; a facilitated meeting in person, or a letter or information exchange (depending on your specific needs). All interventions are safe, private and confidential and managed by skilled and experienced facilitators.
Who can be referred to Restorative Justice?
Victims and offenders can both contact Restorative Justice and self-refer to participate.
Participants must be either:
- a victim of crime, over 18 years old.
- an offender, over 18 years old.
The offender must be:
- serving a sentence (in custody or on parole) in New South Wales; and
- sentenced with all court matters finalised.
Benefits for victims/survivors
Restorative Justice gives you the opportunity to have your say, outside of the regular legal process.
- Express how you and others have been affected by the offence
- Hold the offender accountable for their actions
- Ask questions of the offender
- Learn about what the offender has done towards rehabilitation
- Put forward ideas of how the harm may be repaired, where possible
- Meet the offender in a safe space
Benefits for offenders
Offenders have the opportunity to:
- To take responsibility for their actions
- Hear from those affected by the offence
If you would like to find out whether Restorative Justice is right for you, contact the Restorative Justice Team:
Phone 02 8688 6835
Other support for victims of crime
Victims Access Line - 1800 633 063
Provides information to victims of crime about their rights and how to access financial assistance and counselling.
Business hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Specialist Victims Support Service
1800 411 822
The register for victims of forensic patients.
Youth Justice Victims Register
02 8346 1406
The register for victims of young offenders.
Community victim support and advocacy groups
Homicide Victims Support Group
1800 191 777
General Enquiries 8833 8400
A support group for the families of homicide victims.
Enough is Enough Anti Violence Movement
02 9542 4029
Provides counselling and delivers community programs.
Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL)
02 4926 2711
Support for victims of crime in the Hunter region including counselling and court preparation support and advocacy.
Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN)
1800 472 676
Provide counselling, group programs and support to male survivors of child sexual assault and their families.
05 Mar 2021