Facing the possibility of prison can be overwhelming. There are many programs and services available to provide support.
It is important to prepare yourself before your court hearing. Ask your lawyer to explain possible sentencing outcomes and what you may need to organise if you receive a prison sentence.
For information about Victoria’s prisons and correctional centres, see the corrections, prisons and parole website.
The Salvation Army may be able to provide support through its Chaplin service. Chaplains are available at many courts and can:
- talk you through the prison process
- let you know what to expect
- direct you to other helpful services.
See the Salvation Army website for more information.
Youth Justice Court Advice Service
The Youth Justice Court Advice Service is available to people aged 18 - 20 years who are at risk of receiving a custodial sentence.
See the Youth Justice Community Practice Manual for more information.
Support can be accessed through government agencies, community centres and emergency relief centres.
You can also telephone a national helpline and ask for a referral.
Ph: 13 11 14
Housing support services
Ph: 1800 825 955
Ph: 1800 888 236
Ph: 1300 78 99 78
Ph: 13 22 89
Ph: 1800 187 263
Ph: 1300 651 251
Ph: 1300 134 130
Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Ph: 9322 3555 or 1800 015 188