In 2011 Victoria Legal Aid posted a $3.1 million deficit which is expected to blow out by $10 million this year. Michael Holcroft, the president of the Law Institute of Victoria, said that the cost blowout is the result of increasing demands for services which hasn’t been met by government funding. Mr Holcroft said that…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 Saturday the 01-12-12 a twenty-one-year-old male was involved in an altercation with two other males aged in their early twenties in Mildura. The victim sustained serious head injuries and was air lifted to hospital and the two assailants have been arrested. If you have been the victim of a physical assault call Victims of…Details
On the morning of Saturday the 01-12-12 a male and a female armed with a shotgun and a knife, respectively, and with their faces covered, robbed the United Petrol Station in Sale. The assailants stole cash before fleeing in a red sedan motor vehicle. If you have been the victim of an armed robbery while…Details
A recent coronial report into family violence deaths released by State Coroner, Jennifer Coate, revealed that there were some 545 homicides among family members and intimate partners between 2000 and 2010, with 75% of deaths in metropolitan areas and 25% from regional Victoria. The Office of Public Prosecutions, in a separate domestic violence report, indicated…Details
On the 25-11-12 at around 3.00 am a twenty-one-year-old female was walking along Swanston Street in Parkville when she was approached by an unknown male of Asian appearance. The male assailant then forced her onto the Melbourne University grounds and sexually assaulted her before fleeing. If you have been the victim of a sexual or…Details
Home in Bellfield, Heidelberg Heights and Eaglemont have been recently robbed while the owners were at home, either in the front or backyard gardening. On the 27-11-12 at around 2.30 pm a home in Mount Street Eaglemont was robbed, on the 21-11-12 at around midday a home in Clinton Street Heidelberg Heights and on the…Details
On Friday the 30-11-12 at around 8.30 am a ten-year-old girl was riding her scooter to school in Pakenham when she was approached by a male aged in his late twenties. The male encouraged her towards his red station wagon and then grabbed her by her arms and placed her in the motor vehicle. The young…Details
On Wednesday the 28-11-12 at around 6.00 am an eighty-two-year-old male victim was attacked in his own home in Malvern. The victim went downstairs to investigate a noise when he was confronted by the assailant who stabbed him to the face with a screw driver. The assailant then put a backpack over the victims head…Details
On Saturday the 24-11-12 three masked assailants, armed with a baseball bat, a knife and a machete, threatened the Shop Assistant at the Better Choice Service Station in Werribee before stealing cash and cigarettes. If you have been the victim of an armed robbery while at work contact Victims of Crime for financial assistance on…Details
On Thursday the 29-11-12 at around 4.30 am a twenty-five-year-old male victim was walking along David Avenue in Cranbourne when he was approached by the male assailant who proceeded to physically assault the victim and stab him to his leg before fleeing with the victim’s mobile phone and cash. The assailant was described as being…Details
On the 18-11-12 at around 5.45 am a twenty-four-year-old female was attempting to flag down a taxi along Auburn Road in Hawthorn when a male, stating he was a security officer, stopped and gave her a lift. The male then drove for some forty minutes before parking in a driveway and sexually assaulting the victim.…Details
On Monday the 26-11-12 at around 7.00 pm a thirty-three-year-old man victim was walking on Kelvinside Road in Noble Park when he was shot in both legs by a moving motor vehicle. The victim sought help from nearby residents and then taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition. For victims of crime…Details
On Friday the 23-11-12 at around 12:45 am a male offender wearing a balaclava attempted to hold up a service station on Torquay Road in Grovedale. The offender soon realized that the entrance door was locked and then moved to the window where he produced a knife and motioned to the shop assist the cash…Details
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
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