It is your decision to report a crime, but the police always encourage victims of a crime to report them.
In an emergency when you or someone else is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero 000.
Why you should report a crime
Reporting a crime is the only way police can take action.
You can also report a crime to:
- ensure your safety
- make sure the offender doesn't harm others
- have the offender held accountable for their actions.
Reporting a crime is also important if you want to ask for compensation.
How to report a crime
You should report a crime as soon as possible after it happens to prevent any loss of evidence.
There are a number of ways to report a crime.
- In an emergency when you or someone else is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero 000
- If you are not in danger, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
- You can also go to your local police station and speak to a police officer there.
- You can also call and report a crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Support for people with complex communication needs
People with complex communication needs can be supported by a communication partner during police interviews and court proceedings.
Communication partners can help victims with complex communication needs provide an accurate account of their experiences.
If you would like the support of a communication partner you can speak to:
- a police officer
- the person interviewing you
- the prosecutor
- the court.
Support after reporting a crime
Reporting a crime can be overwhelming.
You might feel embarrassed, frightened of revenge, or you might not want to get the offender in trouble - but there are steps that can be taken to protect witnesses and victims.
There are specially trained officers who can help child victims, victims of family violence and victims of sexual assault.
You should also let police know if you or a loved one have any specific needs or require an interpreter.
You will also need to ask the police to keep you informed about the progress of the case.