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Youth Justice Victims Register
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Justice creates and maintains a Victims Register for people who have been the victim of an offence by a young person (aged 10–17 years) at the time of the offence and who has been sentenced to:
- Home Detention
The Department for Correctional Services (DCS) also maintains a Register of victims for people where the offender was over 18 years at the time of the offence.
Are you eligible to register as a victim of crime?
You need to demonstrate that:
- You are the victim of a criminal offence, for which a young person has been sentenced to home detention, detention or imprisonment; or
- You are an eligible immediate family member (spouse or domestic partner, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister) of the victim who is now deceased, incapacitated, or a minor under the age of 18 years; and
- the person you wish to register against is detained by DHS.
What information can be provided to registered victims?
- The date and the details about when the young person who was, is or may be, released from custody for any reason;
- Details of any escape from custody by the young person;
- The name and address of the place where the young person is being held in custody;
- Details of any transfer of the young person from one custodial location to another;
- Details of the sentence or sentences that the young person is serving.
The Victim’s Registrar will notify you if the young person is attending the Training Centre Review Board. The Training Centre Review Board reviews the progress and circumstances of the youth, within the Adelaide Youth Training Centre, at regular intervals.
In addition, upon request, registered victims can be invited to provide information to the Training Centre Review Board in proceedings involving the relevant offender.
How to Apply
Applications are made by printing, completing, signing and lodging the Application Form with any supporting documentation that may assist the Victims Registrar in confirming your eligibility. For example, copies of affidavits or restraining orders. If not all of the details can be completed, they can be left blank, or the applicant can contact the Victims Registrar for assistance. Phone 8415 4138 or email us.
Submit Applications by email or by Australia Post to:
Youth Justice Victims Registrar
Department of Human Services
GPO Box 292
Adelaide SA 5001
Applicants are notified in writing about the outcome of their application. If the eligibility criteria are not met and registration cannot be completed, the applicant will be advised of the reasons they are not eligible.
If there is any difficulty in confirming eligibility, the Victims Registrar will contact the applicant to seek further information or clarification of the information already provided.
The Victims Registrar will contact successful applicants to provide further details about the process and advise the Training Centre Review Board or Parole Board (youth or adult) of South Australia, of the registration, where appropriate.
Important Information for Applicants
- Ensure your registered contact details remain up to date by advising the Victims Registrar of any change of postal address, email address or phone number for yourself and/or your nominated alternative contact person; and
- Ensure that the authorisations for alternative contact persons and applicant for victim registration on the Application Form are signed and dated.
Alternative Contact Person
The Victims Registrar makes every effort to contact registered victims to keep them up to date with the information that has been requested about the young person. However, there are occasions when the registered victim is unable to be contacted. To overcome this, registered victims can nominate an alternative contact person who can be contacted and provided with information if the Victims Registrar is unable to make contact directly with the registered victim.
Registered victims are encouraged to nominate a person who is aware of the situation, who is supportive and with whom they feel comfortable receiving information on their behalf. This could be a close family member or relative.
If the applicant is under the age of 18 years, DHS require details of the parent, guardian or representative who will receive information from the Victims Registrar on behalf of the registered victim.