Victims of Crime NT Inc. (formerly known as VOCAL) was started in 1995 by a group of concerned citizens who felt that rights of offenders were getting more consideration than the rights victims and that someone should be providing victims with immediate and ongoing support to recover from the trauma they suffer. The organisation incorporated and in 1996, as a community organisation, the NT Government granted us funding to operate an office manned by volunteers. In 1998 a full-time Executive Officer was appointed and the Assocaition became an advocacy agency as well as continuing to walk quietly beside and support victims of crime.
Over the next decade the Association was very active and successfully campaigned for the introduction of legislation to assist victims of crime. In 2006 the Northern Territory Government passed the Victims of Crime Rights and Services Act and the Victims of Crime Assistance Act which introduced a statutory compensation scheme for victims of violent crime, created a Ministerial Advisory Committee (Crime Victims Advisory Committee) and introduced the Northern Territory Charter of Victims Rights.
The Association continued to be funded by government to coordinate a small team of volunteers who worked under an MOU with NT Police to provide crisis intervention and referall services for victims as well as a Court Support Service. During this time many other support agencies were also established to support victims in particular circumstances or from particular backgrounds.
In 2015 the Northern Territory government increased the Associations funding under an agreement to provide the Safe At Home Program. We now have 8 staff who work to help people reduce their risk of becoming victims of crime, recover their wellbeing when they have been victims of crime and provide specialist perspective on the impact of government decisions on people who have suffered harm through crime. Our entire team is responsible for and dedicated to ensuring we meet our clients’ day to day needs.
We recieve funding from the Northern Territory Government Department of Attorney General and Justice and the Department of Corrections sentenced to a job scheme but we also rely on donations from the public and philanthropists. With this help we now provide a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year support service for Victims of Crime in the Northern Territory