Who can apply
Am I eligible to receive Approved Counselling?
You are eligible to receive free counselling from an Approved Counsellor if you are injured:
Members of the family of a homicide victim should refer to the Information for Family Members of Homicide Victims brochure.
- as a result of an act of violence (assault) in NSW; or
- as a result of witnessing an act of violence; or
- as a result of learning of the act of violence and you are the parent or guardian of a primary victim who was under the age of
18 years at the time of the act of violence; or
- preventing someone from committing an act of violence in NSW, or
- arresting someone who is committing, or has just committed an act of violence, or
- helping or rescuing someone against whom an act of violence is being committed, or has just been committed.
We do not cover crimes against property and motor vehicle accidents.
Counselling for the family of a person killed by a motor vehicle
The immediate family of a person who is killed where the use of a motor vehicle is involved can apply for 20 hours of approved counselling services if the person’s death apparently occurred in the course of the commission of an offence of murder or manslaughter.
For more information on other rights available to road trauma victims please refer to the Motor Vehicles and Road Trauma page in the Justice Journey section of this website.
For more information on other rights available to victims of acts of violence in other states please refer to the Services for Victims Outside NSW page.
Reference: s21 Victims Support and Rehabilitation Act 1996