‘A person who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by criminal conduct’.
This definition includes:
- close relatives of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct;
- parents or guardians where the main victim is a child or youth under 18;
- police officers who are victims of crime;
- family spokespersons of victims with a disability or who are so badly injured they cannot communicate; and
- businesses, providing they give a named point of contact.
The Victims’ Code sets out enhanced entitlements for victims in the following groups because they are more likely to require enhanced support and services through the criminal justice process:
- Victims of the most serious crime
- Persistently targeted victims
- Vulnerable or intimidated victims.
If you are entitled to enhanced assistance under the Victims’ Code, you will be offered a meeting at the end of the review process to discuss the outcome.