Also under Crimes Compensation - VOCAT:
Compensation for Victims of Crime
- Compensation for victims of crime
- Victim compensation claim
- Assault injury claim
- How to report a claim
The Victorian Government recognises that it has a duty to provide a safe environment for all Victorians. It established the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal to provide compensation to victims of crime and, in certain cases, their families.
The compensation system is designed to redress some of the pain, suffering and financial burden experienced by victims as a direct result of criminal activity.
You can apply for compensation through the Tribunal. If you would like further information on how to apply and the payments available, contact Stringer Clark for advice on how to apply for compensation through the Tribunal and the payments available. If you would like further information, contact Stringer Clark to arrange a free and confidential initial consultation.
Compensation may also be pursued directly from the offender through the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) if there is a conviction, or through common law action. Time limits apply.
If you, or a family member, are a victim of crime you may be entitled to compensation. To be eligible, the crime must have occurred in Victoria and be punishable by imprisonment. A report must be made to police
The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) provides compensation for the following groups of people:
Primary victims are people who are injured, suffer significant adverse effects or die, as a direct result of:
- An act of violence against them
- Trying to arrest someone they reasonably believe has committed a crime
- Trying to prevent a crime from occurring
- Aiding or rescuing a victim of crime
People who are injured (e.g. suffer shock) as a direct result of witnessing violence are secondary victims. If the primary victim is under 18, their parents or guardians are considered secondary victims and may be compensated for injury (e.g. shock) directly related to learning about the crime.
If the primary victim of an act of violence dies, close family members, dependents or those in an intimate personal relationship with the victim are entitled to compensation.
Compensation is also available to a person who pays funeral expenses following the death of a primary victim of crime.
How to make a claim
- Make a formal report to the police and keep a copy of the statement.
- Seek appropriate medical treatment. Let your doctor or counsellor know how the injury occurred.
- Keep records. Record time off work. Keep treatment and medical receipts.
- Seek legal advice.The Tribunal covers legal fees, medical and police report costs. For advice on your entitlements and assistance in making a claim, contact us now.
Click here to provide details to assist in preparation of a claim for Victims of Crime compensation. Once you have completed and submitted our online questionnaire, we will contact you within one business day to discuss your claim further.
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