Below is a list of coping strategies which victims of crime may find helpful: Seek out support from others around you. Talk about the traumatic experience. Express emotions, such as crying. Participate in physical activity, such as brisk walking or jogging. Practice relaxation techniques, including stretching exercises, meditation and yoga. Look at the funny side…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.
On June 24th 2013 at around 9.30 pm a female arrived at her Mentone home with her children to notice an internal light on and an access door from the garage into the house open. The female then entered her home to be confronted by a male offender in her hallway. The offender quickly turned off…Details
On June 22nd 2013 at around 9.00 pm a forty-year-old female burglar was restrained by a fourteen-year-old male who saw her fleeing his home through the back door of his home. Police were called and promptly arrived to find the burglar in possession of items stolen from the home and motor vehicle. The offender is…Details
On Monday, June 24th 2013, two girls entered an Indian Grocery Store on Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing and threatened the shop assistant with a screw driver. The two offenders fled after the assailant called the police. Last month a charity donation box was stolen from the grocery store’s counter. If you have been…Details
On the 20-06-13 at around 10.00 am a disabled male was travelling on his mobility scooter on Caesia Way in Caroline Springs when he was attacked by three males. The victim said that all three were wearing school uniforms and two were of African appearance and one of Asian appearance. For victims of crime support…Details
On Wednesday, 12th June 2013, just after midnight a young man had left a party on Jells Road in Wheelers Hill and was waiting outside to be collected by his father when he was approached by a gang of up to ten African males. The gang physically assaulted the male, who sustained cuts and bruises,…Details
On Monday the 01-07-13 at around 5.15 pm a masked man armed with a knife entered a Pizza Shop on Olympic Parade in Kangaroo Flat and demanded money. The Pizza Shop staff refused to comply and defended themselves and the assailant fled empty handed. If you have been a victim of an armed robbery or…Details
A computer program has recently been designed that may be able to one day help depression patients monitor their depression symptoms via their smartphones. The technology was developed in Australia and takes advantage of facial recognition and voice recognition technologies. The program was created by researchers at the Black Dog Institute, a treatment organization for…Details
On the 03-07-13 at around 3.30 pm a male was driving along the Nepean Highway in Brighton when two males on the side of the road threw an object at his motor vehicle. The driver turned his motor vehicle and around and approached the two males at which time one male threatened him with a…Details
There has traditionally been a stigma with veterans which has prevented them from seeking treatment for mental health issues brought on by being in combat zones. The stigma is typically caused by the fact that they do not want to be seen as weak or as unable to deal with war despite the fact that…Details
When traumatic events happen oftentimes the newscasters and journalists talk with experts on how the events can be explained to children if the children happen to watch the news to find out about the events. This article will cover some select information on research related to media coverage of traumatic events. According to studies, parents…Details
During the afternoon of Saturday the 29-06-13 a female in her forties was attacked by two of her neighbours, a male and a female, in her Farnsworth Street home in Castlemaine. The female victim suffered facial injuries and was treated in hospital. The two assailants were arrested at the scene and remanded in custody to…Details
In the past few weeks during June 2013 there have been a spate of aggravated burglaries in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. Two aggravated burglaries in Oak Park. Two aggravated burglaries in Glenroy. Three aggravated burglaries in Brunswick. One aggravated burglary in Coburg Police are urging residents to be cautious and to ensure their homes…Details
On the 25-06-13 at around 6.00 pm a twenty-two-year-old female was standing near the corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street under a train overpass when she was approached by a male and a female. The two assailants then physically assaulted the female victim and stole her mobile phone and backpack. The male assailant was…Details
On Sunday the 30-06-13 at around 2.45 am a twenty-three-year-old female was walking along King Street in the Melbourne CBD when she was approached by a male who persisted to walk with her to North Melbourne where the male grabbed her and dragged her into a laneway. The assailant then punched the female victim several…Details
The 2013 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) includes some changes to the diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The changes are noted on the website for the DSM-5 and they are also currently conducting trials in the field in order to determine what implications of such changes will…Details
A new app has been released in Australia called PTSD Coach Australia. This app has been designed in order to help people that suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) manage their symptoms. The app was originally developed in the United States by the National Center for PTSD and National Center for Telehealth and Technology. The…Details
Last month Dr. Rochelle Braff of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse along with Isobelle Barrett Meyering, Research Assistant, explored the issues that gender plays in exploring domestic violence from a research perspective. Their findings were covered in the paper called “The Gender Debate in Domestic Violence: The Role of Data.” The main purpose…Details
My name is RM and I have lived in Melbourne all my life. I am 28 and have loved growing up in this beautiful city and have until recently been extremely proud of the place I call home. On December 21 last year on the Friday before Xmas, I had celebrated the day with work…Details
On Friday the 21st June at around 2.00 pm a male assailant approached a thirty-one-year-old female train commuter. After a short conversation the male touched her feet and as the female stood up to walk away the assailant indecently assaulted her before alighting at Keon Park Railway Station. The assailant was described as being of…Details