Robert Doyle, Melbourne Lord Mayor, has pledged more CCTV security cameras and a new mega taxi rank in Bourke Street to improve safety in the Melbourne CBD. Robert Doyle said that while these measures are important the community also needs to address the current youth culture. He said that many young males feel alienated and…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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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.
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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.
According to Community lawyers there has been a significant increase in the amount of work they do to prevent domestic violence with their casework increasing by 70% in the last five years. Hugh de Kretser, Federation of Community Legal Centres, stated that there has been a massive increase in reports of family violence to police…Details
On Monday the 08-10-12 at around 4.30 am a male assailant wearing a hoodie entered the Hoppers Crossing Service Station on Old Geelong Road armed with an axe. The assailant threatened staff with the weapon before fleeing with cash and cigarettes. Police believe that the assailant may have escaped in a white panel van motor…Details
Greg Smith, NSW Attorney-General, is considering abolishing some types of compensation for victims of crime in a bid to cut costs. Mr Smith said “we want the scheme to provide prompt and practical financial support for victims of crime rather than being a drawn-out process that delivers lump sum payments to people long after their…Details
According to David Finkelhor, Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, “for most victims of sexual abuse sending the offender to jail is not the most important thing. Their top priority is to be believed, to receive an apology or to restore their sense of trust”. For the families damaged by disclosures of…Details
Ted Baillieu, Victorian Premier, has unveiled a plan to curb family violence. The plan contains initiatives such as working with schools to incorporate more respectful relationships. Working with the media on reporting domestic violence. As well as creating community awareness of domestic violence and how to respond. Premier Baillieu said “violence against women and children…Details
Theresa May, British Home Secretary, said that she wants to “change the law to empower victims to ensure they get some form of reparation by choosing from a “menu” of punishment options that would include a form of restorative justice”. The “community remedy” would be used for low-level crime and the police and crime commissioners…Details
In light of Jill Meagher’s murder many are now asking what can be done to ensure that potential rapists and killers are stopped. Some are calling for indefinite sentences but Frances Nelson, South Australian Parole Board Chief, believes that simply increasing sentences won’t solve the problem as almost all offenders will one day be released…Details
On Thursday the 04-10-12 a twenty-three-year-old Indian woman, Sargun Ragi, was stabbed to death and set on fire in her home in Kew. Her estranged husband, Avjit Singh, is believed to have killed her and who then died in the fire in a murder-suicide. Ms Ragi had an intervention order against the assailant which he…Details
The Office of Crime Prevention in Western Australia is handing out free anti-burglary kits to victims of crime in that state. The kits contain security floodlights, window locks and door entry alarms. Kelly Howlett, The Mayor of Port Hedland, said that 200 kits are available and will be given to victims of home robberies. The…Details
On the 30-09-12 at around 8.50 pm a male assailant wearing a balaclava entered Luks Pharmacy in Ferntree Gully and threatened staff with a kitchen knife demanding money A similar armed robbery was committed several weeks earlier at the same pharmacy when an assailant wearing a balaclava threatened staff with a knife and fled with…Details
On Monday the 08-10-12 at around 3.00 am up to five male assailants wearing balaclavas entered a home on Blackburn Road in Blackburn South and threatened the young occupants with weapons, including a samurai sword. The twenty-two-year-old male was attacked before the assailants fled. Police are appealing for witnesses. For victims of crime support and…Details
On the 07-10-12 at around 4.00 pm a family was the victim of a road rage incident outside a Milk Bar in Endeavour Hills. It is alleged that a Caucasian female aged in her forties and driving a four wheel drive motor vehicle verbally and racially abused the family while a second motor vehicle being…Details
Tony Abbott, Federal Opposition Leader, announced today that the Coalition government will spend $50 million installing CCTV cameras, funds which will be diverted from the Commonwealth victims of crime fund. Mr Abbott said “I want our communities to be safe… and that we ought to be able to enjoy our communities free from fear.” Ted…Details
On the 19-09-12 at around 1.00 pm a fifteen-year-old girl was travelling on a bus in Reservoir when she was approached by a female who struck her to the head with a bottle and punched her to the face. The teenage victim sustained bruising and swelling to the right side of her face. The assailant…Details
On Sunday the 07-10-12 at around 10.30 pm two male offenders armed with guns entered the Braybrook Gaming Venue and demanded cash from the female attendant. The assailants fled the scene with a quantity of cash in a motor vehicle. Police detectives are currently investigating the scene. If you have been the victim of an…Details
According to Philip Werner, the organiser of the march for Jill Meagher, the 30,000 people who walked along Sydney Road Brunswick was to show support for “peace, hope, non-violence and solidarity with all women”. Julie Stephens, Associate Professor, said that threats to women’s safety are as ever-present as they always have been. In Victorian police…Details
Eighteen taxi ranks in the entertainment precinct of Chapel Street have been illuminated in an attempt to reduce violent behaviour. Terry Mulder, Public Transport Minister, said ‘Chapel Street had issues with alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. It is hoped that the new illuminated taxi ranks will help get people off the streets and on their…Details
On Saturday the 29-09-12 (AFL Grand Final day) at around 5.15 pm a forty-five-year-old male victim was punched to the head and knocked unconscious at the Ferrars Street Hotel in South Melbourne. The victim was taken to The Alfred Hospital with serious injuries. Police are looking for four men who arrived at the hotel earlier…Details
McDonald’s Restaurants has tested an invisible spray which is sprayed onto offenders as they flee the crime scene. The DNA spray remains on human skin for weeks and on clothing for up to six months. Tracey Monaghan, McDonald’s Director of Quality Assurance, said ‘the trial of SelectaDNA has been a great success and the system…Details