On Friday the 02-11-12 at around 2.30 am a twenty-two-year-old Taxi Driver was assaulted and attempted to be robbed by a thirty-three-year-old male assailant in South Melbourne. Police arrived promptly at the scene and arrested the assailant after a short foot pursuit. The taxi driver received only minor injuries. For financial support and professional advice…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 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 29-10-12 at around 1.30 am two men entered the Frankston Convenience Store and threatened the Shop Assistant with an axe and an iron bar demanding money and cigarettes. The Shop Assistant fled into the back room and contacted police while the two assailants jumped the counter and stole goods. For financial support and…Details
A university in England is the first to establish a Victim Support Outreach Centre on campus. Organizers said that “The project is about giving victims of crime on campus more support…students tend not to report crimes to the police, so they don’t always access the support available”. The units will also be manned by volunteer…Details
Recent statistics reveal that 25% of children will be a victim of bullying, with 77% of victims being mentally, physically and verbally bullied. A new study at Sam Houston State University has found that being a victim of bullying early in life may have significant outcomes in later life. The study revealed victims of bullying had…Details
On Sunday the 27-10-12 at around 4.30 pm a twenty-four-year-old female was abducted from the Doncaster Shopping Centre and forced into a motor vehicle. The female threw herself out of the vehicle along Tram Road and sustained a fractured skull. The motor vehicle involved was described as a dark-blue Holden Commodore with tinted windows. For…Details
On the 30-10-12 at around 7.00 pm a thirty-four-year old male victim was violently assaulted at a St Kilda Rooming House by several male assailants. The victim sustained serious head injuries and was unconscious when paramedics arrived and was treated at The Alfred Hospital. One assailant has been charged to date. On the same day…Details
A recent Australian poll found that: 3% of respondents had been victims of Cyber Bullying 4% to Online Stalking 16% to Stolen credit card 10% to Online fraud 1% to Stolen identity 29% to Computer virus that damaged computer/data 56% – None of the above 45% reported no financial loss and 8% more than $1000…Details
On Saturday the 27-10-12 at around 10.00 am Ambulance Paramedics attended a call at a Dandenong Hotel where a female was suffering from abdominal pain. Police were soon called after the female’s twenty-year-old male partner threatened to harm the paramedics and he was arrested and had a knife and cannabis in his possession. Paul Bentley,…Details
On the 12-10-12 at around 8.50 am a man attempted to abduct an eleven-year-old girl in Doreen. The unknown male assailant approached the young girl and tried to convince her to get into his motor vehicle by pretending that her mother had asked him to collect her. The male was driving a dark blue utility…Details
Kaitlyn Welsh Sacred Heart College Geelong Becoming a victim of crime can be a very confronting and traumatic experience but the State of Victoria has made significant efforts to ensure that victims do not have to face these difficulties alone or without support. Unfortunately, crime does not discriminate – anyone can become a victim. Victoria has…Details
Matthew Campbell Monash University Every working day, Domenic Greco, psychologist, meets another unfortunate victim of assault. Battery, robbery, rape, abduction; these people have seen some of the worst Melbourne has to offer, but that’s not all they have in common. They all want validation, not just from loved ones, but from a state whose criminal justice…Details
Do Victims of Crime in Victoria receive appropriate support and assistance? What are the potential reforms?
Tom Mullins St. Augustine’s College, Kyabram With crime in Victoria on the rise, an increased number of victims are seeking assistance. The total number of crimes against the person rose by an enormous amount this past year. In 2011/12, the number of criminal offences recorded in Victoria rose by 8.2% from the previous period, 391,325…Details
On Monday the 29-10-12 a twenty-three-year-old male stole jewellery from a jewellery store at a Preston Shopping Centre. Security Guards confronted the man as he attempted to leave the centre. The male then threatened the guards and fled. Police pursued the male who physically assaulted the police officers requiring them to deploy pepper spray to…Details
Harrison Smyt Salesian College Chadstone Unfortunately, actions against the state that are punishable by law have become all too prominent in our community. More formerly known as crimes, there is no denying that the unsociable trend has been increasing steadily over a number of years. In 2011/ 12, Victoria Police recorded 391, 325 offences state wide,…Details
Sarah Langley St Augustine’s College in Kyabram. Between 2011 and 2012 in Victoria, there were over 50,000 offences recorded as ‘a crime against the person.’ These crimes do not just affect the victim, as the community often suffers too. Financial burden, grief, and damages are all real consequences, and can take substantial funds and time…Details
By Matthew Mennilli, Salesian College Chadstone Let me take you back at to an era that your parents may remember. It was a time where they rode their bikes to the local park for the day and their parents knew that their children would not be harmed. They could leave their doors unlocked as the…Details
In 2011 – 2012 the South Australia Victims of Crime Fund earned $48 million and paid out $23 million. Crime Compensation lawyers have called for the maximum amount of compensation available to be raised. Stephen Ey, Barrister, said “If the Government is not using this money as it should to compensate victims, it should be called…Details
Police have responded to 70,000 domestic violence incidents where children were present since June 2007, with more than 18,250 incidents during 2011 – 2012. In metropolitan Victoria Casey, Hume and Brimbank had the most police call-outs for domestic violence where children were present while in rural Victoria Ballarat had the highest. Zoe Price, Safe Futures,…Details
On Friday the 26-10-12 at around 7.00 am a twenty-two-year-old male victim was driving his Mazda dual cab utility along Pascoe Vale Road when the male driver of a blue mid-eighties Nissan Skyline behind him signalled for him to pull over. The male victim refused to pull over resulting in his vehicle being rammed by…Details
The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) is an administrative tribunal within the Court constituted by members who are magistrates. Since 1997 VOCAT has received 62,773 applications, made 50,073 awards to victims of crime totalling $503 million. In 1997 there were just over 1,000 applications and over 6,000 from 2011 – 2012. These increased application…Details