If you have been a victim of physical violence or threats of violence, Victim Services can provide you support and information about your options.
There are different things victims of these crimes might consider doing.
(If you have been sexually assaulted, please review our sexual assault page as it will give you information more specific to your experience).
Get medical attention
If you have been hurt, you should get medical help for your injuries. You don’t have to report the assault to the police if you don’t want to.
If you visit the doctor, the hospital or a health centre, health care staff can treat your injuries and provided any medication you might need.
Talk to someone
It helps to find someone to talk to, someone who will listen and support you as you deal with your injuries and the crime.
Report to the police
Whether or not an assault or threats are reported to the police is your decision. You might choose to wait a while but it will be easier for police to investigate closer to the time of the assault.
Document your injuries and experience
If you can’t tell someone just yet, write down what happened in case you want to talk to Victim Services or the police later on. Get a friend to take photos of your injuries.
Keep a record
If someone is threatening you, write down what they say and when each time. Keep copies of any text, phone, facebook or written messages.
Take the threats seriously
It is illegal for someone to threaten you with physical violence or death. It is also crime to threaten to burn, destroy or damage property or threaten to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that belongs to a person.
Some forms of bullying might be a crime, particularly if you are worried about your safety.
If threats are scaring or worrying you, please reach out and talk to someone.