Useful Links

We have compiled a list of organizations that victims can turn to for online assistance. In order to help you find what you want faster, we have categorized these sites.

Support – Including grief, advocacy and helping others
Victims Rights


Victim Support UKÈ


Support – Including grief, advocacy and helping others
National Association of Grief & Loss (VIC) Australia
The Association is vividly aware of the vital importance of public acknowledgment of situations of loss and grief which have an impact on an individual, their family or on the broader community.
Healing Hearts Foundation (AUST)
Healing Hearts Foundation website, designed to offer comfort and easy access to parents, siblings, friends and families coping with the loss of a child or loved one.
VOCAL – The Victim’s of Crime Assistance League Inc (NSW) Aust
VOCAL, The Victims of Crime Assistance League Inc NSW, was established in 1989 and offers support services to all victims of crime.
Crime Victims Support Association Inc (VIC) Aust
C.V.S.A is run by victims of crime to assist any person or persons who becomes a victim of any criminal act in the State of Victoria.
Enough is Enough NSW (Aust)
A long term antiviolence project based on personal responsibility and reform by education.
Angel Hands
For family & friends of homicide victims WA.
Bereavement Care Centre
The Centre’s goals are to provide comprehensive and accessible counselling and support services for the terminally ill and their families, and for those recently bereaved (i.e. approximately the first two years after the death of someone with whom they have a significant relationship).
Grieflink is an information resource on death-related grief for the community and professionals.
Family of Friends of Missing Persons NSW
The FFMPU provides information and support for families and friends of missing persons, service providers in the missing persons sector, and community members affected by the loss of a missing person.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is a not for profit organisation established to provide a range of education, counselling, research and clinical services for those working in and affected by experiences of grief and bereavement
The Australian Child and Adolescent, Trauma, Loss and Grief Network
The Australian Child and Adolescent, Trauma, Loss and Grief Network links parents, members of the community and professionals to share experiences and resources on the care of children and youth experiencing the impact of trauma, loss and grief.
Mission Australia
Support for Carers & Families.  Raising children is tough, but sometimes circumstances make the ordinary challenges of parenting seem overwhelming.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren NSW
A resource for grandparents, relatives and kinship carers providing timely and useful information on services, networks, tips, stories and support available to carers
Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group
QHVSG offers a range of important services to support members of the community affected by homicide.  24 hour emotional support, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by homicide that occur in Queensland.
Victims’ Rights
Victim Services
Victims Services is part of the Attorney General’s Department of NSW and consists of the Victims Compensation Tribunal, the Victims of Crime Bureau and the Victims Advisory Board. The three bodies work together to help victims of crime in New South Wales access services and entitlements to assist in their recovery. An additional role of the Victims of Crime Bureau is to co-ordinate support to families and friends of missing people.
The Witness Assistance Service is a part of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and is staffed by professionally qualified workers. WAS provides a range of services to meet the needs of victims of crime and witnesses appearing in court matters prosecuted by the DPP. The Service aims to reduce the trauma to crime victims.
MHRT has responsibility for the management of Forensic Patients, having been found not guilty under the Mental Health Act.
General criminology & criminal justice resources (Aust)
The ACPMH offers a unique blend of scientific and clinical knowledge to provide the best possible outcomes in post traumatic mental health.
 Australian Institute of Family Studies
 Trauma, Grief and Loss Web Resources
To help guide citizens through their rights and responsibilities under Western Australian law, the Department of the Attorney General operates Law Compass. This community gateway aims to signpost people’s way through major life events and the legal system.
Lawlink NSW
Lawlink is the online portal to law and justice agencies and services in NSW.  Lawlink is hosted by the Department of Attorney General and justice.
Department of Attorney General and Justice NSW

The Department of Attorney General and Justice NSW administrers the courts, tribunals, laws and justice programs of the State.

New Zealand

Red Raincoat NZ Trust
The main focus of the Trust is to offer victims of homicide the aid and rehabilitation services required to restore as much normality as possible to their lives by helping with any practical advice and assistance deemed appropriate.

United Kingdom

SAMM Support after Murder and Manslaughter UK
SAMM offers emotional support to those bereaved through murder and manslaughter. SAMM feel that as part of our support for families we must attempt to make society more aware of the devastating effects of the dreadful crimes of murder and manslaughter.
SAMM Abroad UK
SAMM Abroad (formerly SAMM Murdered Abroad Survivors Group) exists specially for people in the UK whose loved ones are the victims of murder or manslaughter abroad.
 Victim Support UK
Victim Support is the independent charity which helps victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.  They give free and confidental help, they also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change.

USA & Canada

A Self Help Guide for Resolving Grief and Loss
An article on grief and loss with some resources/links for learning more about grief.
Grief Net
Grief Net is an internet community of persons dealing with grief, death and major loss.
A resource of an ever-growing memorial to the many innocent victims of violent crime and a source for help for murder victim survivors, information on murder statistics, news items, discussion and support.
 Citizens Against Homicide
A non-profit, public benefits organisation serving families and friends of homicide vicitms.
The Centre for Infant & Child Loss (Maryland)
The Center for Infant & Child Loss works with Maryland families and communities facing the sudden unexpected death of their infant or child as they learn to live with their loss. The Center is committed to increasing the understanding of sudden infant and child death, risk reduction practices, grief, and compassionate intervention.
Victim & Victimology Resources
 Web resource

 Web Resources – International

MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.”
The National Centre for Victims of Crime USA
A resource and advocacy organisation for crime victims and those who serve them.
NOVA National Organisation for Victim Assistance
The US National Organisation for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit organisation of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Assists crime victims by providing leadership and funding on behalf of crime victims.
New York State – Office of Victim Services (OVS)
OVS provides victim services, compensation and informatin to innocent victims of crime.
Parents of Murdered Children
For families and friends of those who have died by violence.  Providing support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness.
Arizona Voice for Crime Victims
The goal of this program is to provide crime victims with legal representation during criminal trials to ensure that crime victims can exercise their Arizona Constitutional rights.
Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute
Training, consultation, information, and resources for those who work with trauma-exposed children, adolescents, and adults. Information on trauma, loss, and treatment for adults and for parents.
Crisis Grief and Healing
An interactive grief web site and has served the bereaved on the net since 1995.   It offers grief discussion boards where men and women can discuss  issues related to grief and healing or browse recommended grief books.
David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages
These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field. Specifically, my interests here include both clinical and research aspects of trauma responses and their resolution
Sidran Institute, Trumatic Stress Education & Advocacy
A nonprofit organization of international scope that helps people understand, recover from, and treat traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality.
National Institute of Mental Health
Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research
Mental Health America
A nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.
Gift From Within
An international organisation for survivors of trauma & victimisation
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Centre

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.  NCVC have been devoted to achieving a better understanding of the impact of criminal victimistion on adults, children, and their families.

 Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada

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