The Mental Health Act 2016 supports victims of crime when the offender has been assessed as having a mental illness or intellectual disability. These provisions include entitlements for victims to receive specific information about the patient that is relevant to their safety and wellbeing and to provide a written submission for consideration by the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
An information sheet for victims relating to the role of the MHRT can be found here.
An Information Notice allows the Chief Psychiatrist to provide specific information about a patient on a forensic order or a treatment support order to a victim or other person affected by an unlawful act.
An application for information should be made to the Chief Psychiatrist via the Queensland Health Victim Support Service on the Application for Information Notice form.
The Queensland Health Victim Support Service is available to assist with applications for Information Notices. Call (07) 3858 4411 (Freecall 1800 208 005) or email [email protected] .
A copy of the application form is available on the Queensland Health website.
A person may appeal a decision by the Chief Psychiatrist relating to Information Notices to the Tribunal. Further information on appeals can be found here.
Victim Impact Statements
A victim or close relative of a victim can give information to the Mental Health Court and the Tribunal about the impact of the relevant offence and/or make requests relevant to their own safety and wellbeing, for example, that the patient must not contact them. A copy of the template victim impact statement form can be found here.
The Court must consider the victim impact statement in deciding matters for the patient such as the order to make and the conditions on the order. The Court must then provide a copy of the victim impact statement to the Tribunal.
The Tribunal is required to consider the victim impact statement at each review of the patient’s order. Once the victim impact statement is given to the Tribunal by the Court, another victim impact statement is not required, however, a new one may be submitted at any time if the person wishes to do so.
The Queensland Health Victim Support Service is available to assist with making a victim impact statement to the Mental Health Court or Tribunal. Call (07) 3858 4411 (Freecall 1800 208 005) or email [email protected] .
Queensland Health Victim Support Service
The Queensland Health Victim Support Service (QHVSS) is a free, state-wide service that provides specialised counselling, information and support to victims of crime when the offender has been assessed as having a mental illness or intellectual disability.
The QHVSS operates independently of the Chief Psychiatrist’s office. The Chief Psychiatrist sends all information to registered victims via the QHVSS.
Queensland Health Victim Support Service (QHVSS)
Phone: (07) 3858 4411 or Freecall 1800 208 005
Email: [email protected]