A recent investigation by the Australian Capital Territory’s public watchdog has revealed that victims of crime are battling systemic flaws that are preventing them from getting crime compensation by the ACT government. The ACT government currently imposes a strict $650.00 cap on fees allowed to be paid to lawyers representing victims of crime in their claims, an amount found to be too low. An ombudsman spokeswoman said: ”This means that applicants, who may be traumatised, may be left to drive the application process alone…and that victims of crime were put at a distinct disadvantage”. The Attorney-General said that: ”The government takes the ombudsman’s report seriously and is committed to ensuring that victims of crime receive timely access to justice in the ACT”.
A Victorian report entitled Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) Capacity Building Project 2011 written by the Whittlesea Community Legal Service in 2011 came to a similar conclusion.
If you have been the victim of crime call Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services for free, prompt and professional assistance on 1800 000 055 or make an enquiry now at www.victimsofcrime.com.au