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Information for Families of Police Officers

The following information is provided to assist the families of police officers who have been physically or psychologically injured during the course of their duties.

The Police Association of NSW understands the vital role families play in assisting their loved one to heal and ultimately return to work. We value your contribution to police work in the day-to-day support you provide to your loved one. However, we understand that it can be a stressful time for you and your family.

If you are reading this then you are probably part of a policing family. You may be seeking information:

  • To understand some of the symptoms your loved one may be experiencing
  • To understand the workers compensation and injury management process
  • To clarify some of your own experiences as a family member of a police officer
  • To understand how to play an active part in an injured officer’s recovery
  • To get some ideas to assist in your own self management and care during this time
  • To prepare for any changes in the future.

The following information is contained within this section:

  • How can you as a family member promote wellness?
  • The Workers Compensation process
  • Who will contact the injured officer during the workers compensation process
  • What happens when trouble spills over at home?
  • Positive strategies to assist loved ones to cope with illness – and how to assist yourself
  • Useful resources - where to get help and find useful information


The information on this site is designed to provide NSW Police Officers and their families with general information only relating to the workers compensation system and the recovery process of a police officer who has been injured in the workplace.  It also offers some practical strategies to try as part of managing your family’s wellbeing during this time.  This information is a guide only and is not intended to diagnose your police loved one with a medical condition.  The Police Association acknowledges that individual circumstances differ.  This information is not medical or legal advice and should in no way be seen or relied upon as a substitute for individual medical advice and/or independent legal or other professional advice about you or the officer's circumstances.