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Prison support

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.

Salvation Army

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. 

Other support   

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

Parent Line 

Ph: 13 22 89

SANE Helpline 

Ph: 1800 187 263

Suicide line 

Ph: 1300 651 251


Ph: 1300 134 130

Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service 

Ph: 9322 3555 or 1800 015 188

Last updated on 14 Apr 2020
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