According to Dr James Martin, criminologist, CCTV is powerless to prevent crime from occurring, with spontaneous crimes such as late-night violence in Melbourne’s CBD an example of this type of offending. While CCTV may not be able to prevent crime it certainly aids in gathering evidence to assist in policing and the criminal justice system.…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.
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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.
On Wednesday the 03-10-12 at around 8.00 pm three young boys were playing on playground equipment at a park in Heidelberg West when they were approached by three men who demanded their back packs. The young boys refused to hand over their back packs when one of them was physically assaulted before the assailants left.…Details
On Monday the 01-10-12 at around 4.00 pm a male assailant entered a home in Diamond Creek and threatened the female occupant with a knife stealing cash and electrical goods. The assailant was described as being aged around thirty years and of Southern European appearance. For financial support and professional advice call Victims of Crime…Details
On Tuesday the 02-10-12 at around 2.45 pm a male assailant armed with a gun and wearing a black balaclava entered the Kilsyth Post Office and demanded cash. The assailant then fled with an amount of money in a Ford Laser motor vehicle which was later discovered burnt out. If you have been the victim…Details
James Ashby alleges that Peter Slipper, Speaker, sexually harassed him. The Commonwealth has settled its case with Mr Ashby for $50,000 and a pledge to provide training for MPs and parliamentary staff to prevent sexual harassment. It is a little confusing as to why the Commonwealth, and in effect the tax payer, is paying Mr…Details
Premier Ted Baillieu in September 2012 announced new funding measures to address family violence and sexual assault: $9.25 million for additional family violence counselling. $3.75 million for sexual assault counselling. $3 million for men’s behaviour changes programs. This is in addition to the $85 million already provided in the 2012-13 to address family violence and…Details
On Thursday the 27-09-12 at around 11.20 am a sixty-four-year-old woman was walking through Craemer Street in Preston when she was approached by a male assailant who pushed her to the ground and stole her handbag before running away. The elderly victim required assistance to get up off the ground and the incident is being…Details
On Monday the 01-10-12 Darebin CIU detectives charged a thirty-eight-year-old male for an alleged indecent assault, using an optical surveillance device, of a female victim in Preston earlier that afternoon. The offender was remanded in custody to appear at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. If you have been the victim of a physical assault or sexual…Details
On the 27-09-12 at around 1.00 pm two teenage boys, aged fifteen and seventeen years, were approached by a group of four to five males of Islander appearance at the Dandenong Plaza and were threatened to harm and demands were made to hand over the blue bandanas they were wearing. The teenage victims handed over…Details
The police investigation into Jill Meagher’s murder is an example of how the community can have an impact on crime. The joint investigation between the public and the police in Jill’s case was unprecedented and showed what a partnership between the police and public can achieve. Social media and the internet used as a forum…Details
A recent United Nations survey of violence against women found that 48% of Australian women experienced at least one incident of physical violence and 34% experienced at least one incident of sexual violence over their lifetime and that the economic cost of crimes against women to the Australian community in 2008 – 2009 was $13.6…Details
Victim Support ACT allows ACT Magistrates to compensate victims of crime for their pain and suffering. The following is an example of awards made last financial year under the victims of crime financial assistance scheme: $50,000 in compensation was awarded to 5 sexual assault victims, the maximum payable under territory law. A glassing victim received…Details
On Saturday the 29-09-12 at around 7.30 pm an eighteen-year-old male entered the Bendigo Liquorland Bottle Shop and produced a knife and demanded money from the female shop attendant. The terrified female handed over the money and the assailant fled only to be apprehended by police a short time late and is currently in custody…Details
On Friday the 28-09-12 at around 10.00 pm two men, aged twenty and twenty-two years, armed with a pistol attempted to hold up the Premix King Liquor Store in Wodonga and were promptly arrested by Wodonga detectives. If you have been the victim of an armed robbery while at work or other serious crime contact…Details
On Monday the 01-10-12 at around 2.30 am a twenty-year-old male was arrested after a seventeen-year-old male passed away from stab wounds in Sunbury. Paramedics treated the teenage victim at his home at around 9.30 pm but were unable to revive him. Police described the incident as a domestic dispute. For financial support and professional…Details
On Sunday the 30-09-12 at around midday thousands of people marched along Sydney road from Coburg to Brunswick to honour Jill Meagher’s life. The march stopped for a minute’s silence in a park near the corner of Sydney Road and Brunswick Road. John Kavanagh, Moreland Mayor, said that the march was organized by the community…Details
On Friday the 21-09-12 at around 5.30 pm a sixteen year old girl was standing on a Springvale South corner when two male assailants of Islander appearance and aged around eighteen years approached her and pushed her to the ground demanding her handbag. The assailants then kicked the female victim before stealing her mobile phone…Details
Social Media and CCTV have both shown to have been invaluable in assisting police investigations and in the arrest of Jill Meagher’s murderer. Police have warned, though, that internet users risk jeopardising the trial of the forty-one-year-old man, Adrian Ernest Bayley, charged with the rape and murder of Jill Meagher, urging restraint on social media…Details
Jon Faine this week said ‘…Jill Meagher’s death must not come to define us. That’s not what it’s like to live in the Melbourne that we know. This is an exceptionally rare event. Its randomness is part of what is so incomprehensible about it” Jon please let me quote you the Victorian Crime Rates recorded…Details
The review by Ted Baillieu, The Victorian Premier, into the state’s CCTV network is long overdue. Victim Support Organizations have for many years been lobbying for more CCTV, particularly in high public areas, with little response to date. According to police the CCTV footage provided by an independent bridal shop capturing Jill’s movements along Sydney…Details