The Department of Human Services (DHS) maintains the Youth Justice Victims Register.
About the Youth Justice Victims Register
The Youth Justice Victims Register is an information service for people who are victims of a crime where a young person (between the ages of 10 and 17 at the time of the offence) has been sentenced to detention or imprisonment.
People registered on the Youth Justice Victims Register receive certain information about a young person’s sentence.
The Youth Justice Victims Register is an information service. It is not a counselling service. We can provide information about where to go for counselling services or support for victims.
Who can register
You can apply to be on the register if you are a victim of a crime where a young person is sentenced to detention or imprisonment.
If the victim is not alive or available, a family member of the victim can apply to be on the register instead.
If the victim is under 18 years of age, information can be given to a parent, guardian, or person helping them.
DHS cannot register a person on the Youth Justice Victims Register if they are a victim of a crime where a young person has not yet been sentenced or where they have received a sentence other than detention or imprisonment.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to apply, you can contact the DHS Youth Justice Victims Officer by phone on (08) 8463 6488 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or by email at YouthJusticeVictimRegistration@sa.gov.au
Information that can be provided to registered victims
People on the Youth Justice Victims Register can find out:
- about the young person’s sentence
- the place where the young person is being held in detention
- if the young person is moved from one custodial facility to a different one
- details about if or when the young person is released from detention
- if the young person has escaped from custody.
Victims on the register can also give information to the Training Centre Review Board if the Training Centre Review Board is considering a young person’s transfer or release.
How to register
Anyone considering applying to be on the register is encouraged to contact the DHS Youth Justice Victims Officer to discuss their eligibility.
To apply to be on the Youth Justice Victims Register:
Email your printed form to us at: YouthJusticeVictimRegistration@sa.gov.au
Post your form to us at:
Youth Justice Victims Officer
Plaza North, Riverside Centre, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA, 5000
Youth Justice Victims Register confidentiality
Contact information of a person registered on the Youth Justice Victims Register will be kept safe and confidential. The contact information will not be used for any other purpose.
The identity or registration of a victim will never be given to the young person.
What happens next
Applicants will be notified in writing about the outcome of their application.
If an application is approved, registered victims will be provided with relevant updates via their preferred contact method (phone, text, email or letter), which can be selected when applying.
If the matter is urgent, we may contact the registered victim by phone.
DHS makes every effort to contact registered victims to keep them up to date with information about the young person’s sentence. It is important that registered contact details remain up to date. Registered victims are encouraged to nominate an alternative contact person if DHS is unable to make contact directly with the registered victim.
DHS acknowledges that victims of crime must be recognised and supported.
Victims of crime have rights, including:
- to be treated fairly and with respect
- to feel safe and protected
- to have a voice and be heard
- to get the help they need.
For more information about victims’ rights visit the Victims of Crime South Australia website.
Other support services
Department for Correctional Services
The Department for Correctional Services maintains a register of victims for people where the offender was over 18 years at the time of the offence.
Victims of Crime SA
Support for victims of crime in South Australia. They can:
- give information, advice and support
- help victims to cope with the physical, emotional and financial impacts of crime
- help victims through the criminal justice process.
rebuild. Counselling for Victims of Crime (Relationships Australia)
Trauma-informed counselling and support to victims when they go through the criminal justice process.
South Australian Police (SAPOL)
Always contact the Police first to report a crime.