A support group has been established for all health practitioners who have been involved with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The objective of the support group is to bring health practitioners affected by AHPRA together to discuss and address issues of common concern in a united fashion. The support group meets weekly in Melbourne…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.
The Victorian State Parliament has just passed new legislation (September 2013) cracking down on those who breach their parole. Breaching parole will be a criminal offence and gives police the power to arrest and detain parolees who breach their parole conditions or commit another criminal offence. Those found guilty may face up to an extra…Details
On Friday the 06-09-13 just after 6.30 am two male offenders wearing black balaclavas and armed with knives entered the newsagency on Napier Street in Strathmore. The offenders attacked and assaulted the two employees, kicking and punching them, resulting in the victims sustaining minor injuries. The offenders stole cash from the register before fleeing in…Details
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has received a lot of attention since the various military operations started including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation New Dawn (OND) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The rates of post-traumatic stress disorder has increased significantly among members of the military that are returning from service. The condition has now been marked…Details
Emotional abuse can have many different forms but mainly refers to the issues of social and psychological factors when it comes to child abuse. The ASCA cites it as one of the main factors in causing to harm to children that have suffered from abuse. Parents can often be emotionally abusive with committing other types…Details
On the 04-09-13 at around 10:45 pm two male offenders wearing balaclavas entered the Warrnambool Bowls Club on Timor Street in Warrnambool holding knives and screwdrivers. One offender leapt onto the counter and took money from the cash drawer while the other offender kept watch. A patron then tackled one of the assailants who soon…Details
On Wednesday the 04-09-13 just after 12.00 noon a female was waiting at the Sandown Park Railway Station when she was sexually assaulted by a male of Islander appearance aged in his twenties. Police have released CCTV footage of the assailant collected at the train station. For victims of crime support and advice call 1800…Details
A pilot program in Connecticut USA that requires high-risk domestic violence offenders to wear GPS ankle bracelets is proving to be highly successful. Connecticut has an average of fifteen domestic violence deaths a year and no one in the program has been killed or injured since it began in 2010. Domestic Violence Agencies have described…Details
A recent study conducted by the University of Melbourne’s Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre found that more than half of the 120 people screened for problem gambling at clinics in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania reported some form of family violence in the previous twelve months. The study found that problem gambling generally preceded family…Details
On Wednesday the 4th September 2013 at around 2.30 pm an armed robber held up the ANZ bank on Errol Street in North Melbourne. Victoria Police are appealing for any witnesses. Victims of crime for financial support and professional advice call Victims of Crime Compensation Victoria on 1800 000 055 or (03) 9415 9492 or…Details
On Thursday 29 August 2013 at about 7.30 pm a male offender armed with a large knife and wearing a scarf over his face entered the Melrose Street Supermarket in North Melbourne and demanded money from a staff member. The staff member complied and handed over cash and the offender then fled the store. Melbourne Embona…Details
Up to one million Australian workers already have access to some form of paid domestic violence leave. Public Servants in Canberra may soon also have access to extra paid leave for domestic violence with unions currently negotiating with the ACT Government for up to twenty days extra leave. One of the most supportive things that…Details
On Sunday the 01-09-13 a forty-two-year-old female held up a pharmacy in Bendigo threatening staff with a syringe and stealing drugs. The female was later arrested and faced the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Monday and was granted bail. If you have been a victim of crime at work call 1800 000 055 or (03) 9415…Details
On Thursday the 29th August 2013 just before 5.00 pm two assailants, one armed with a knife, entered the Subway restaurant in Beetham Parade in Rosanna and threatened two female staff members. The female victims handed over an amount of cash and the assailants fled the restaurant. On the 31-08-13 at around 2.45 pm a…Details
On August 28th 2013 at around 4.30 pm a nineteen-year-old male was walking through Olympic Park in Heidelberg when he was approached by two males on motor bikes. The two motor bike riders proceeded to punch and kicked the male victim to the ground before stealing $100.00 from his wallet and fleeing. Heidelberg police are investigating…Details
Police reported that eight homes in Heidelberg West have been burgled since the 20-08-13 . Police said that the assailants entered the homes through side or rear windows at night while the home owners were asleep. The eight homes are located north of Southern Road and south of Outhwaite Road. Heidelberg detectives are investigating the aggravated…Details
A GPS-infused Panic Button is being trialled in Brazil, a country in which domestic violence is a widespread problem. The Panic Buttons are being given to domestic abuse victims who obtain restraining orders against their abusers. The electronic devices use GPS technology to quickly signal that a victim needs help, and they transmit images that…Details
In 2005 Forum Sentencing was introduced in NSW as one alternative to jail for young adults. The objective of Forum Sentencing was to get victims and young offenders talking to each other and in doing so develop an intervention plan together to reduce the likelihood re-offending. Recent research from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research…Details
On Tuesday the 27-08-13 at around 11.30 pm a masked male armed with a meat cleaver entered the service station on Springvale Road in Glen Waverley and stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing on foot. Later that same week, on Thursday the 29-08-13, at around 7.00pm it is believed that the same assailant returned and…Details
From 2012 to 2013 there have been more than 60,000 family violence cases reported to Victoria Police, an increase of 21.6%. Family violence accounted for more than 30% of all crimes against the person and is partly responsible for a 12.5% increase in abductions and kidnappings during the past financial year. According to police 40%…Details