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
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 violent 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.
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
If you are a health practitioner and have had Undertakings or Conditions placed on your practicing licence or have had your practicing licence suspended and feel aggrieved as you believe that you have not been treated justly by AHPRA please join our support group. To date it appears that some AHPRA staff members may have…Details
Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services wishes all of our clients a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2014 and thank you for the support you have shown us over the past fifteen years. Our mission goal in 2014 will be to address corruption and we put on notice those individuals who…Details
Des Pearson, Victorian Auditor-General, criticised the Victims Support Agency stating that the waiting time to receive counselling under this model can be up to five months and that the quality of counselling services provided varied. http://www.audit.vic.gov.au/publications/2010-11/20110209-VoC.pdf For victims of crime, especially violent crime, it is important that they receive support and redress soon after the…Details
On Monday the 16th December 2013 at around 9.00 pm there was an altercation between two men and a thirty-six-year-old male victim on Rose Street in Fitzroy. Police have since arrested the two assailants while the victim remains in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition Victims of physical assault or other serious crime…Details
On Tuesday the 17-12-13 at around 10.30 pm two offenders entered the Newtown supermarket via the front doors carrying firearms and wearing balaclavas. One offender threatened a staff member while the other offender grabbed the cash register drawer before running from the supermarket. Geelong CIU are investigating the armed robbery. Victims of crime for financial…Details
If you are a health professional and been involved with AHPRA or have concerns about AHPRA please feel free to join our support group. Support group meets regularly to raise awareness and lobby against issues of concern.
In early 2012 a $250,000.00 tax payer funded audit into the Effectiveness of the Victims Support Agency (VSA) found that: The VSA is not able to demonstrate that its services are helping victims recover from a crime… The VSA does not have any agency objectives or key performance indicators, and does not audit service delivery.…Details
On Friday 13th December 2013 at around midday a female had just parked her motor vehicle opposite the Dandenong Hospital when she was approached by a male. The male then proceeded to get into the back of her motor vehicle while assaulting the woman. Two men came to her aid and pulled the man from…Details
On the 07-12-13 at around 10.30 pm a twenty-seven-year-old female was sitting in her motor vehicle at a car park on Patulos Road in Lara when she was approached by two men who proceeded to punch her to her head before she was dragged from her motor vehicle and thrown to the ground. The assailants…Details