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Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL)

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and well-being of our staff and clients, our office is closed and staff are working remotely until further notice.  Phone appointments are being offered to people needing assistance. The office phone number is still operating and we are working hard to respond to your calls. Alternatively, you can contact us via our online referral or enquiry forms, which are located in the Contact Us section. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Shaping the future by validating, honouring and empowering victims of crime.

Established in 1989, the Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL) Inc NSW is a gift-deductible charity assisting people harmed by crime, throughout NSW. VOCAL Inc NSW is managed by a Committee and Executive that meets monthly and has three major functions:

  1. To ensure compliance with our Constitution;
  2. To monitor the terms of agreement with NSW Government and oversee the work of the Victim Support Unit;
  3. To fundraise and expand our ability to function as the Victim Support Unit.

We regularly provide written and verbal submissions to both the Federal and NSW Government and around legislative change on issues important to victims of crime.

We invite you to support this important work, with options including:

  1. Become a financial member ($15 annually)
  2. Join our Committee and be part of a dynamic, evolving strategy of positive change for crime victims in NSW.
  3. Donate to our charity – donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Located in Newcastle NSW, VOCAL’s Victim Support Unit, is partially funded via NSW Department of Justice (Victims Services) which enables us to provide a free service to people in the Hunter Region. We believe timely and accurate information, trauma informed strategies, along with practical and positive emotional support is paramount to recovery. We aspire to empower clients to make informed choices as they encounter complex health challenges, services, legal issues, court processes and life after crime.

Meet our Team

Our trauma informed specialists strive to educate, inspire and empower victims of crime.

Victim Support Unit

The Victim Support Unit provides emotional support and practical strategies.

The Legal System

For information about the NSW legal system and criminal justice.

Types of Crime

For information about different types of crimes people may encounter.