Victims of domestic abuse are confronted by many challenges in their dealings with the Victorian legal system. Whilst the Victorian judicial system have made several changes to attempt to facilitate access to justice, it needs to continue to reform in order to ensure victims of violence achieve justice, in a timely and sensitive fashion. A…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.
Since 1989 the NSW Victims Compensation Scheme has paid out almost $1.6 billion in compensation to victims of crime. Only $57.4 million of which has been recovered from the proceeds of crime to help fund the compensation scheme, with debts owed by offenders through unpaid levies totalling $310 million to June 2012. Peter Achterstraat, NSW…Details
Statistics from September 2011 to September 2012 released by Victoria Police: Crime rate up by 5.9%. Number of offences up by 27,516 to 395,406 offences, 7.5% increase. 3. Crime against a person up by 11.3%, with assaults up by 14.2%.4. Crime against property up by 1.7%, with motor vehicles thefts up by 7.6 and theft from…Details
On Friday the 16-11-12 at around 3.30 pm a thirty-one-year-old female was walking towards her motor vehicle in the Hoppers Crossing Railway Station car park when an unknown male assailant aged around twenty years approached her and after a brief conversation forced her into her motor vehicle where he proceeded to sexually assault her before…Details
On Sunday the 25-11-12 at around 8.50 am a fifty-two-year-old woman from Geelong was riding her bike in Torquay when a teenage male travelling in a four-wheel-drive motor vehicle leaned out the front passenger window and slapped her on the backside. The victim subsequently lost control and fell of her bike and sustained a broken…Details
On the 24-11-12 at around 4.00 am it is believed that the two male victims, aged eighteen and nineteen years, were involved in a verbal altercation with several men in a motor vehicle in East Geelong. The assailants then got out of the motor vehicle and proceeded to physically assault the victims using a wooden…Details
On Saturday the 24-11-12 at around 1.30 am a twenty-two-year-old male was stabbed in Hamilton. The victim was found by his mother at around 3.15 am. CIU detectives believe that more than one assailant may have been involved in the assault. The victim sustained serious injuries and was treated at the Hamilton Hospital. If you…Details
On Friday the 23-11-12 about 1000 people marked against domestic violence in the Melbourne CBD. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology around sixty women are killed each year by a partner. VicHealth reported domestic violence as being ‘the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged from fifteen to forty-four years. Ken…Details
Family incident related crime has increased by 288% since 2003. Approximately 40% of assaults 25% of rapes are family violence related. In 2011 – 2012 there were 16,047 physical assaults, 1229 sexual assaults and 483 rapes arising from family violence. Ken Lay, Chief Commissioner, said that …’it is an unfortunate reflection of some attitudes in…Details
On Wednesday the 21-11-12 at around 1.15 am three masked assailants with machetes entered the pokies venue at the Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, terrorised patrons and threatening staff demanding cash. Senior Sergeant Stamper described it as a traumatic experience for patrons and staff. If you have been the victim of an armed robbery or other…Details
On Tuesday the 13-11-12 at around 10.00 pm a twenty-year-old female was walking along a bicycle track beside Hampton Beach when she was grabbed by an unknown male assailant and forcibly dragged into nearby bushes where she was sexually assaulted. The victim managed to fight back and escaped to a nearby property for help. If…Details
On Thursday the 22-11-12 at 7.30 pm a vigil will be held at Paradise Park in Point Cook to remember Sarah Cafferkey. Alice Osborne, Organiser, said that the community wants to show that they are very saddened by her murder and to display support to her family. For victims of crime support and advice call…Details
On the 15-11-12 at around 1.30 am a man in his thirties was waiting at a Brunswick West bus stop when he suffered an epileptic seizure and lost consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness he discovered his backpack missing. Brunswick police are asking for any witnesses to come forward. Graeme Shears, chief executive of the Epilespy Foundation…Details
On the 16-11-12 at around 5.45 am a twenty-six-year-old female walked into her Essendon home from her back yard to be confronted by a male assailant in her bedroom who sexually assaulted her before fleeing. The assailant is described as being aged between his mid to late twenties and of Southern European appearance. Fawkner SOCAU…Details
On Thursday the 01-11-12 at around 8.00 pm a seventeen-year-old male was threatened to be killed at the Meadow Heights Shopping Centre. The victim said that he was threatened by two men initially inside the shopping centre and then in the car park, who indicated that they had a firearm. Police arrested a twenty-two-year-old man…Details
On Friday the 23-11-12 there will be a Walk Against Family Violence in Melbourne. The walk has been Organised by Phil Cleary, whose sister was murder in 1987, and he anticipates thousands to attend. In September of this year around thirty thousand marched for Jill Meagher, whose alleged murderer has a criminal history. This week…Details
On the 19-11-12 at around midday a nineteen year old female was physically assaulted by two teenage males in Bendigo. The female victim was sitting in park lands when she was approached by the assailants who initially verbally abused her and as she went to walk away she was pushed to the ground and kicked…Details
On Monday the 19-11-12 just after 2.00 pm a women in her fifties was shot and killed in West Footscray. Neighbours heard an altercation and then shots and called the police who arrived to find the woman’s body lying in the street. Police took a male in his fifties into custody. If you are the…Details
On the 18-11-12 at around 11.00 pm two men, aged twenty-two and twenty-eight years, were arrested by police in St Kilda following a number of armed robberies on the number 96 tram. The assailants used a box cutter and a garden stake to threaten tram commuters before stealing their possessions. If you have been the…Details
On Sunday the 18-11-12 at around 11.20 pm a security guard was stabbed to the neck outside a licensed premises in the Melbourne CBD. Other security staff came to the victim’s aid and restrained the forty-two-year-old assailant until police arrived and he was arrested. The twenty three year old security guard sustained lacerations to his…Details