Discuss the impact of environmental factors, in particular crime and trauma, on the psychological development of an individual. Discuss the impact of ‘nature versus nurture’ in the context of crime, both the perspective of the victim and the criminal. By Sofia Skobeleva VCE Student Princes Hill Secondary College Not all of us are born equal.Not all of…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 the 14-07-13 the Federal Government announced providing $45 million to various community-based service providers around Australia to be used to support survivors of child sexual abuse taking part in the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Jenny Macklin, Community Services Minister, said it was hoped the new funding would make…Details
During 2011 -2012 there were over 4000 reported incidents of family violence perpetrated by a child under the age of eighteen-years against another family member, with mothers are most at risk with about 80% cent of offenders being male. Stephen Fontana, Police Assistant Commissioner, expects this number to surge by a further thousand this year…Details
Wangaratta SOCIT detectives are currently investigating a number of sexting incidents in the Wangaratta region. Police indicated that there are serious consequences for those involved in sending explicit images, particularly photographs that constitute child pornography, with offences of child pornography including periods of imprisonment. Other options available to police include counselling, cautions and diversions. Police…Details
Western Australia Police have launched an Australian first website allowing victims of stealing and criminal damage to check the status of their police investigation as well as to provide further information to police online. The website will provide information to victims online as well as freeing up valuable police time. In Western Australia last year…Details
More child sexual abuse crimes within the Melbourne Jewish community have been reported allegedly perpetrated by a senior Jewish Community member according to Tzedek , a Jewish Victim Advocacy Group. A spokesperson from the Jewish community described the crimes as shocking due to the seniority of the perpetrator, the location of the sexual abuse, the…Details
On Friday the 12th July 2013 at around 5.00 pm an armed robbery took place at a jewellery store on High Street in Hastings on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. During the robbery a male and a female were shot. The male victim was treated by ambulance paramedics but passing away a short time later. Melbourne homicide…Details
On Sunday the 07-07-13 a male with a weapon robbed a bottle shop in Wodonga. Police have since arrested a twenty-seven-year-old man and charged him with armed robbery, assault and other offences. The same male was also charged with a burglary on the 19-06-13 in Myrtleford. The assailant was remanded to appear at Wodonga Magistrates’…Details
On the 08-07-13 at around 5.15 pm a masked male assailant aged in his thirties entered Sally’s Pizza Shop on Olympic Parade in Kangaroo Flat demanding money and threatening staff with a knife. The incident was captured on CCTV and police are appealing for witnesses. Victims of armed robbery or other violent crime call 1800…Details
On Saturday the 7th July 2013 a fight broke out between patrons at a Lakes Entrance bar resulting in several people being injured including a bar staff member. Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them. If you have been a victim of crime at work call 1800 000 055 or…Details
On the 03-07-13 at around 7.00 pm a thirty-nine-year-old female was driving her motor vehicle along Simpson Street in Noble Park when she stopped in traffic near Heatherton Road. A man assailant then jumped into her motor vehicle through the front passenger door and proceeded to indecently assault the female victim grabbing her by her…Details
‘Are the current avenues for Victims of Crime in Victoria to access compensation effective? If so, how? If not, what are the alternative avenues for victims to seek compensation? Also address the impact of crimes on individuals and society and whether or not our sentences are effectively addressing the crimes. Written by: Jesse Jin; Melbourne High…Details
The chief executive of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Janette Dines, said today that the biggest obstacle to fulfilling her duty was to be able to make contact with victims. Ms Dines said that she was going to ‘hire someone 24/7 to work on Social Media’, such as Twitter and facebook, in an…Details
On the 08-07-13 at around 8.30 am an unknown man assailant entered a shop on Huntingdale Road in Oakleigh East and approached the victim as he was opening the shop and stabbed him to the stomach. The victim was treated at The Alfred hospital. Detectives from Monash CIU are appealing for any information from the…Details
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has recently published a study that indicates that technology can increase the opportunities for sexual violence to occur. The study mainly focuses on internet related technologies such as social networking and smart-phones which are a part of almost every young person’s daily lifestyle. The study which was published in…Details
More Australian children are reporting that they are being bullied by other children according to research done by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The findings from this research study were published in June 2013 and indicate that nearly three-fifths of children in the age group of 10-11 years were reporting that they had been…Details
The Australian Institute of Criminology has recently published a study about the importance of cultural authority and family support in preventing youths from becoming involved with gangs. The research focuses on the Wadeye community which is one of the largest Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. The Wadeye community has gained a reputation as one…Details
The Australian Institute of Criminology has recently published the results of a study on communities that generate criminals. The results of this research known as “Targeting crime prevention: Identifying communities that generate chronic and costly offenders” discusses the growing gaps in arrests between the Indigenous people of Australia and non-Indigenous people. Indigenous people over the…Details
On Saturday the 6th July at around 3.25 am South Melbourne police charged a thirty-nine-year-old male following an assault on a taxi driver on Kings Way in the city. The assailant was charged with numerous offences including assault by kicking and unlawful assault. The taxi driver victim received facial injuries. A second male is assisting police…Details
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