Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based trauma-focussed psychological therapy to help individuals recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. CPT conceptualises PTSD as a failure to recover in which erroneous beliefs about traumatic events, as well as the use of avoidance as an unhelpful coping strategy, serve to prevent accurate processing […][ Read More ]
VICTIMS OF CRIME COMPENSATION AND COUNSELLING SERVICES VICTORIA
For assistance call 1800 000 055 or complete the Online Enquiry Form
Victims of Crime Compensation and Counselling Services (VOCCS) is a private entity providing referral services to experienced solicitors, psychologists & others. VOCCS has been operating for over fifteen years and specializes exclusively in facilitating free state government funded entitlements to victims of crime and has assisted in over 7500 crime compensation applications.
* The maximum total financial assistance awarded by VOCAT is $60,000 to a primary victim and $50,000 to a secondary or related victim. The amount of Special Financial Assistance awarded ranges from $130.00 to $10,000.00. The maximum cumulative amount available to all related victims, in respect of one death, is $100,000.00.
Victims of Crime Compensation Eligibility:
Victims of Crime in Victoria and Australia may be eligible for State Government Funded Crime Compensation services if:
- You are the victim and have been directly injured as the result of a crime.
- You have suffered either a physical or a psychological injury.
- The crime was reported to the police and you made a police statement.
- The crime was committed in the last two years in Victoria, Australia**.
- You are related to a victim of crime.
Crime that has impacted victims may include physical assault, domestic violence, family violence, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, armed robbery, violent robbery, aggravated burglary, child abuse, child sexual abuse, indecent assault, home invasion, stalking, threats to kill, workplace assault, murder, culpable driving, dangerous driving, road rage, breach of Intervention Order, threat to harm, bullying or any other violent crime. Matters such as childhood sexual abuse and ongoing domestic violence may in certain circumstances have occurred beyond two years.**
The offender does not need to be apprehended or charged in order to apply for Crime Compensation. Crime Compensation Applications can also be made over the phone if a victim is unable to travel. Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Service also refers to solicitors and service providers in Queensland and South Australia experienced in supporting victims of crime to access their crime compensation entitlements.
NEWS AND INFORMATION
Recent research indicates that people experiencing homelessness had experienced an average of twenty-one traumatic events compared to just two for the general population. Issues relating to homelessness need to be considered when supporting victims of trauma. “Trauma-informed Care” is an understanding of how trauma impacts on someone and what that means for support workers who […][ Read More ]
On the 06-03-14 a motor vehicle pulled up behind a twenty-year-old female who was walking along Bulmans Road in Melton West at around 10.00 pm. The male driver asked the woman if she wanted a lift and when she refused he alighted and grabbed her by her hair and punched her to her face. Another motor vehicle […][ Read More ]
On the 05-03-14 at around 5.00 pm police arrested and charged four teenagers following an attempted theft at the Pakenham Shopping Centre on the afternoon of the 4th March 2014. The teenagers were charged with a variety of offences including resisting arrest and assaulting police. One fourteen-year-old boy was due to front the Children’s Court today […][ Read More ]
On the 04-03-14 at around 10.30 pm a male driver was waiting at the intersection of Princes Highway and Clow Street in Dandenong when he was approached by an unknown male who dragged him from his motor vehicle. The offender then got into the motor vehicle and drove some one hundred meters before the vehicle […][ Read More ]
On the 20-02-14 at around 5.40 pm a gang of armed intruders forced their way into a Preston home and physically assaulted the three occupants. One occupant, a fifty-seven-year-old male, sustained serious injuries and was treated in hospital. Police have since charged a thirty-four-year-old male over the incident. Earlier that same day a fifty-year-old woman […][ Read More ]
On Tuesday the 04-03-14 at around 2.25 am a masked and armed male offender entered a convenience store in Bendigo and demanded cash from the shop assistant. The offender was armed with a handgun and was wearing a balaclava. The shop assistant refused to comply and the offender then fled the store to a nearby […][ Read More ]
In Victoria more than 420,000 offences were recorded for the 12 months from December 2012 to December 2013. Crimes against the person, such as assault and robbery, rose by 0.6%. Ken Lay, Police Chief Commissioner, said that ‘domestic violence still accounts for most of the physical attacks with 40% of crimes committed against the person […][ Read More ]
Reactions to a trauma may include: Feeling hopeless about the future Feeling detached or unconcerned about others Having trouble concentrating or making decisions Feeling jumpy and getting startled easily at sudden noises Feeling on guard and constantly alert Having disturbing dreams and memories or flashbacks Having work or school problems You may also experience more […][ Read More ]
Victoria Police crime statistics show assaults, excluding family violence, increased by 27% from 419 offences in 2012 to 533 in 2013 in Maribyrnong. Police Inspector Long said that ‘many of the non-family violence assaults occur between people known to each other and often as a result of excessive alcohol consumption or drug use’. Last year the Maroondah […][ Read More ]
Armed Robbery – St Albans On the 03-03-14 at around 5.00 pm a fifteen-year-old boy was walking through a reserve in St Albans when he was approached by several other youths and threatened to be stabbed with a flick knife. The victim was then assaulted losing consciousness and regained consciousness to having his Monster brand […][ Read More ]
Assaults in the Goulburn Valley and Wodonga regions have increased last year by more than 15% according to 2013 Victoria Police figures. Increases in the Goulburn Valley were driven mainly by family violence, with Wangaratta also recording a jump in domestic assaults. According to Tony Davis, Wodonga based Police Inspector, more than 30% of those […][ Read More ]
The Liberal Party in South Australia has promised a twelve million dollar boost to victims’ of crime services if elected. These services include: Increasing the maximum payments under the Victims of Crime Compensation scheme to $100,000.00. Increasing the maximum payable for grief to $20,000.00 and funeral expenses to $14,000.00. Increasing the amount paid to lawyers working […][ Read More ]
On the 22-02-14 at around 10.00 pm a fourteen-year-old boy was assaulted on Clarendon Street in Cranbourne by a group of males. The teenage victim suffered serious lacerations to his torso and was treated at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Police are appealing for any witnesses to the stabbing to come forward. Victims of crime for support […][ Read More ]
On Saturday the 22-02-24 at around 1.15 am residents of a home in Murray Street St Albans responded to a knock on the front door resulting in two males rushing into the home and assaulting the forty-one-year-old and forty-three-year-old male occupants. One of the victims suffered head injuries and was treated at the Footscray Hospital […][ Read More ]
Funding to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, which is often used to find housing for victims of domestic violence, expires on the 30-06-14. Fiona McCormack, chief executive of Domestic Violence Victoria, said the majority of family violence services were funded through the housing and homelessness budgets. She said that “family violence in Victoria accounts […][ Read More ]
Armed Robbery – Bendigo On the 12-02-14 just after 10.00 pm a male entered the Nando’s fast-food outlet in the Bendigo city centre and produced a firearm. Staff reported that the offender then stole money before running out of the store and towards Rosalind Park. Aggravated Burglary – Bendigo On Saturday the 15-02-14 two male […][ Read More ]
On Wednesday the 19-02-14 the bodies of an elderly couple were found stabbed to death in their Murrumbeena home. Police indicated that there were no obvious signs of a forced entry into their home and no evidence that the couple had assaulted each other. Police said that they are searching for a motive and have […][ Read More ]
On the 19-02-14 at around 8.30 am a forty-three-year-old doctor was stabbed multiple times in the foyer of the Western Hospital. A forty-eight-year-old man from Sunshine was arrested at the scene and charged and remanded in custody. The doctor was treated at the Western hospital in a serious but stable condition. On the 24-01-14 at […][ Read More ]
At around 5.15 am on the 12th February 2014 a nineteen-year-old female was walking towards the Sandown Park Railway Station in Noble Park when a motor vehicle containing two males pulled up in front of her. The male passenger alighted from the motor vehicle and began running towards her and threatening her. The teenage female […][ Read More ]