On Monday the 27-01-14 at around 9.00 pm a twenty-eight-year-old man threatened staff at the Echuca Pizza Shop with a knife demanding cash. A short time later the offender handed himself in to police and was charged with armed robbery. If you have been a victim of crime call 1800 000 055 or go to…Details
VICTIMS OF CRIME COMPENSATION
Victims of Crime in Victoria Australia receive Government funded financial compensation to assist with recovery.
Financial assistance to a primary victim of crime in Victoria can be up to $70,000*.
For help complete Online Enquiry Form
HELPLINE: 1800 000 055
Victims of Crime Compensation and Counselling Services (VOCCS) is a private entity providing referal services to experienced solicitors & psychologists specializing in crime compensation. VOCCS helps facilitate state government funded entitlements to victims of crime & has been doing so for over 15 years & has successfully assisted in over 10,000 crime compensation applications in Melbourne Victoria & Australia.
* The maximum total financial assistance awarded by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, VOCAT, in Victoria is $60,000 to a primary victim & $50,000 to a secondary or related victim. The amount of Special Financial Assistance awarded is up to $10,000.00. The maximum cumulative amount available to all related victims in respect of one death is $100,000.00.
CRIME COMPENSATION: FREECALL 1800 000 055
VICTIMS OF CRIME – ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY:
Victims of Crime in Melbourne & Victoria may be eligible for State Government Funded Crime Compensation Assistance 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, rape, armed robbery, violent robbery, aggravated burglary, child abuse, child sexual abuse, indecent assault, home invasion, stalking, threats to kill, workplace assault, manslaughter, murder, culpable driving, dangerous driving, road rage, breach of Intervention Order, threat to harm, bullying, conduct endangering life or any other violent crime committed against a person. Matters such as childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence may in certain circumstances have occurred beyond two years.**
The offender does not need to be apprehended or charged or convicted in order for crime victims to apply for Compensation. Applications for Crime Compensation can also be made over the phone or by post if a victim is unable to travel. Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services refers to solicitors and other service providers in Victoria & other states experienced in working with victims to guide them through the legal process in order to ensure they access all their crime compensation entitlements. Supporting victims to financially and emotionally recover from the effects of violent crime in Melbourne Victoria Australia.
On the 28-12-13 at around 6.30 pm a thirty-two-year-old disabled woman was indecently assaulted by a male near the main entrance of the Flinders Street Railway Station in the Melbourne CBD. This offender is described as being of solid build with grey hair and around 188cm in height and was wearing shorts, runners and a…Details
On the 27-01-14 at around 12.15 am a resident found a forty-one-year-old male suffering from a stab wound in the driveway of a home on Thompson Road in Geelong. The male victim was taken to Geelong Hospital in a stable condition for treatment. Witnesses said that they saw several males leaving the scene following the…Details
On Monday the 27-01-14 at around 10.00 pm emergency services arrived at a home on Billingham Road in Deer Park to find a twenty-year-old male from Diggers Rest deceased. It is believed that up to ten armed offenders forced entry into the home where a confrontation took place with the occupants. Homicide police are appealing…Details
On Thursday the 23-01-14 just after 10.00 pm a twenty-one-year-old female was walking along the Burwood Highway when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into the front yard of an unoccupied house. The female victim was then physically and sexually assaulted. The male assailant was described as being of Asian appearance and aged between…Details
On the 24-12-13 at around 9.30 pm a twenty-eight-year-old taxi driver was assaulted and robbed by four male passengers. The taxi driver picked up the males on Beaconsfield Parade and one offender soon punched him to the face while another stole cash from his pockets. The four offenders then alighted and smashed bottles on the…Details
According to Victoria Police figures Australia Day sees more assaults than any other public holiday. On the 26-01-13 there were 121 reported non-family violence related assaults– almost twice the average daily number. On the 26-01-12 there were 109 reported assaults. On the 26-01-11 there were 121 reported assaults. Victoria police said that on a typical…Details
Police believe that the same male offender may be responsible for three separate recent sexual assaults on young females in Melbourne. On Saturday the 18th January 2014 at around 6.00 am a twenty-two-year-old female was walking along Flinders Street in Melbourne towards the Southern Cross Railway Station after finishing work when she was approached by…Details
Armed Robbery – Yarragon Service Station On the 18-01-14 at around 4.40 pm a man entered a service station on the Princes Highway in Yarragon and asked the male shop attendant for cigarettes. The male then produced a knife from a shopping bag he was carrying and demanded cash. The shop attendant gave the offender…Details
We were approached by a victim of an armed robbery while at work who described his experience with the Victims Support Agency (VSA) as a “total waste of time”. The victim said that shortly after the incident he contacted the Victims Support Helpline administered by the Victims Support Agency enquiring about his Crime Compensation entitlements…Details
Aggravated Burglary – Reservoir On Tuesday the 14-01-14 around 6.2am three offenders armed with a firearm and a crow bar forced entry through the rear door of a Bolderwood Parade home in Reservoir. The intruders kicked in the bedroom door of a thirteen-year-old and demanded money. A thirty-year-old female approached the intruders in a hallway…Details
Assault – Port Melbourne On Monday the 9th December 2013 just after 8.30pm a nineteen-year-old sex-worker was picked up by a male in St. Kilda . The male drove her to a multi-level car park in Port Melbourne where he produced a knife and punched her to the head and ripped out parts of her…Details
A recent study has further emphasized the importance of early intervention post injury and how this impacts on those seeking compensation. This study completed in mid-2013 and conducted by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, examined the relationship between mental health, compensation and health outcomes over a six year period.…Details
We were recently approached by a victim of domestic violence. She reported being in an abusive relationship for some thirteen years and felt unable to leave until her children had reached a certain age. At that point in time she approached the police and then sought an Intervention Order from the Heidelberg Magistrates Court which…Details
Dear Mr Robert Clark, Attorney General of Victoria, RE: Victims Support Agency (VSA) It has been very well documented that the VSA may be failing victims of crime as well as potentially impairing their recovery. In your own words under the VSA it can take many weeks or even months for someone to be able…Details
Assault – Prahran Nightclub On December 21st 2013 a male was punched to the mouth causing serious injuries by an unidentified man offender outside a Chapel Street nightclub in Prahran. It is believed that the offender had been having an argument with his girlfriend before he punched the victim. A twenty-two-year-old male from Werribee has…Details
Assault – Koorlong On Saturday 4 January 2014 at about 6.30 pm a sixty-four-year-old man was driving along Gliderfield Road in Koorlong when two men had parked their vehicle across the road. The elderly victim stopped his motor vehicle and a verbal argument then broke out on the street at which time one of the…Details
There is a need for a Victims of Crime Commissioner in Victoria, similar to South Australia, to impartially oversee the delivery of services to victims of crime, independently address complaints and where necessary, stop any corruption which may be occurring. For example, it has been suggested that the Victims Support Agency (VSA) may be in breach…Details
According to Section 45 – of the Trades Practices Act arrangements or understandings restricting dealings or affecting competition are illegal. It has been suggested that the Victims Support Agency (VSA) has been restricting free market place competition for the delivery of services to victims of crime now for some eight years. If a victim of…Details
Victims Support Agency (VSA) is responsible for coordinating a whole of government approach to services for victims of crime and for representing the voice of victims within the Justice system. It provides practical assistance to help victims recover from the effects of crime and is pivotal in linking the service system so victims don’t need…Details