Violence against women not only causes significant physical and psychological harm to the direct victims but it also has a significant indirect financial cost including: The costs of purchasing physical and mental health care for victims of violence. The cost of women’s lost labour. The cost of the provision of temporary and permanent housing. The…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*.
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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.
Victoria Police supports changing the law to allow victims of domestic violence to know where their assailants reside. Ken Lay, Chief Commissioner, recently intervened after a victim of serous domestic violence was told that her paroled assailant had a right to privacy and that she would not be provided with information in respect to the…Details
On Tuesday the 10-09-13 just after 8.30 pm a local resident found a woman aged in her forties on Kent Road in Box Hill suffering from multiple stab wounds to her upper body and was soon taken to the Alfred Hospital in a serious condition. Police have since charged an adult male and an adult…Details
The Safe at Home, Safe at Work project which was put in place in order to help stop domestic violence incidents from occurring has had some significant successes take place in just the last few months. The Clearinghouse recently published an article about the progress in their newsletter in order to congratulate their staff for…Details
International surveys have show that roughly 33 per cent of adult women will experience abuse caused by a male partner. Domestic violence is one of the top issues affecting women’s health in Australia. Therefore there is a need for programs that can help to reduce the risk of women having to experience domestic violence. The…Details
In the paper “Integrated responses to domestic violence: Legally mandated intervention programs for male perpetrators” Day et. al. explores the outcomes of court mandated programs designed for men that have perpetrated domestic violence. The first section of this paper explores the outcomes of programs initiated in Queensland to stop men from reoffending and the results…Details
Police in Western Australia have put together a task force to investigate allegations that child abuse took place under state care. These allegations were made as a part of the Redress WA scheme for children abused in state care. This was one of the many allegations that was made when the Government’s ex gratia scheme…Details
The New South Wales legal aid service has come under scrutiny because of the fact that it has recently decided that it will not fund any compensation cases resulting from allegations of institutional child sex abuse. The Legal Aid NSW has made this announcement following the fact that the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses…Details
In “Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 419” Richards explores the issue of “Children’s exposure to domestic violence in Australia.” Children witnessing domestic violence is a major issue in Australia and across the globe. In addition it is also a form of child abuse with children suffering emotional damage as well as…Details
A recent study done in the United States indicates that children may suffer from depression if they have experienced domestic violence. The findings from this study indicate that children who experience domestic abuse appear to cope with it to some degree but later on begin to show significant damage as a result of the trauma.…Details
A report done by the government in Western Australia indicates that children are being put in danger to exposure to criminals that could abuse them including sex offenders. The reason being that background checks for individuals that work with kids are backlogged. The government review also indicated that criminals in forty different incidents had access…Details
On Tuesday the 10-09-13 at around 3.50 am a man entered the service station on McIntyre Road in Sunshine and threatened the shop attendant with a knife. The assailant fled in a dark colored four wheel drive and was described as having a shaved head and a goatee beard. Brimbank detectives are appealing for any…Details
On the 08-09-13 at around 8.00 pm a fight took place between two groups of men near the Richmond Railway Station. Two men, both wearing Carlton Football Club clothing, were knocked unconscious and treated at hospital for broken noses. Two males wearing Richmond Football Club clothing were interviewed over the incident by the Public Order…Details
On Sunday, 25 August 2013, just after 2.30 am a nineteen-year-old woman exited a taxi at the corner of High Street and Chapel Street in Prahran and was soon approached by a man who offered to walk her home. The teenage female refused but the male, who was described as being of Indian appearance and…Details
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
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