A recent South Korean Study found that: 36% of the child victims file charges with police while 37.8% take no action and 16.8% consider filing charges. Reasons for failing to do so included: Parents of victims giving up due to the difficult procedure of filing charges where young victims have to testify repeatedly. Most families…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 the 09-09-12 at around 10.30 pm three assailants broke into a home in Dandenong North terrifying the forty-year-old woman, seventeen-year-old girl and a one-year-old baby residents who locked themselves in a room during the attack. The assailants demanded that one of the victims come outside but did not. The assailants extensively damaged two motor…Details
On Tuesday the 11-09-12 at around 9.00 pm a fifty-two-year-old man and a forty-nine-year-old female were shot while a pregnant twenty-two-year-old mother and her one-year-old daughter were abducted in Meadow Heights. The male victim was shot in the shoulder and taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the female victim was shot in the hip…Details
On Sunday the 02-09-12 at around 3.00 pm a forty-eight-year-old female was physically assaulted while donating items to a charity bin outside the Uniting Church in Heidelberg. The victim said that she was placing clothing, including a leather jacket, into the charity bin when a female, aged in her twenties and who appeared to be…Details
On Sunday the 09-09-12 at around 12.45 am a forty-seven-year-old male breached an Intervention Order in Montmorency armed with a gun. The occupant asked the offender to leave and he did. Police quickly searched the area but failed to locate the offender. If you have been the victim of Breach of Intervention Order contact Victims…Details
On Friday the 31-08-12 at around midnight an adult female was physically assaulted after a fight broke out at a teenage party. The victim said that she was collecting her teenage daughter from the party when a sixteen-year-old male, being pursued by a group of others, ran into the back of her motor vehicle. The…Details
Staff at Metro train who experience domestic violence will receive paid leave to attend medical, legal and other appointments. Luba Grigorovitch, Union Organiser, said female members first raised domestic violence as a growing concern some two years ago. A spokeswoman for Metro said that the company wanted the best for its staff. Municipal Councils, including…Details
On Sunday the 10-09-12 at around 1.00 am a twenty-year-old male attacked a thirty-year-old Taxi Driver over a $50.00 fare. It is believed that the assailant’s EFTPOS card was declined resulting in an argument with the assailant punching the Taxi Driver several times to his face and head before fleeing. The victim sustained a suspected…Details
In Victoria from 2011 to 2012 there was a 23% increase in reports to police of domestic violence with a 45% increase in the number of charges. There were 50,382 reports with 17,528 charges. Assault charges increased 43% to 16,047. Breaches of an Intervention Order increased by 42% to 9,632. In around 35% of instances…Details
In Victoria more than half of sexual abuse victims don’t report the crime. 66% of victims said that they did not report because they were worried about not being believed and 52% said that they lacked confidence in the legal system. The average sentence for rape is 5 years with most prosecutors considering this to…Details
Recently Victoria’s Attorney-General, Robert Clark, and Community Services Minister, Mary Wooldridge, launched a discussion paper on youth diversion which called for an expansion of diversion programs for juveniles who commit offences. The Coalition has said that they will still push ahead with minimum two-year sentences for young offenders guilty of intentionally or recklessly causing serious…Details
Victoria’s rate of murder and manslaughter has climbed by 44% during 2011 – 2012, equaling NSW. Homicides, according to Criminologists, can be a reliable benchmark for crime since they have high reporting rates and are generally immune to police operations. In most murder cases in Victoria they were related to domestic violence or the victim…Details
On the 09-09-12 at around 7.00 am two male assailants aged in their twenties wearing balaclavas entered the Northcote Golf Club threatening a staff member with an iron bar demanding money. The men soon fled with a quantity of cash. A similar armed robbery occurred at the same location on the 04-07-12 and police believe…Details
Following the recent inquest into the death of a thirty-four-year-old man who was shot and dismembered by his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, who he had sexually abused for 4 years, in 2008 the coroner recommended that the Education Department improve training to teachers to be better able to recognise child sex abuse. It is estimated that the…Details
On Saturday the 09-09-12 at around 5.00 am a violent altercation erupted between a group of men in Queen Street. Two men were stabbed, a nineteen-year-old, who was treated at The Alfred Hospital, and a twenty-year-old -year-old, who was treated at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, while a third nineteen-year-old male received head injuries and was…Details
On Friday the 07-09-12 at around 3.45 pm two male assailants, aged twenty-four and twenty-six years, car-jacked a motor vehicle in Geelong following a collision and demanded to be driven to another location. The assailants were soon apprehended and charged with theft of a motor vehicle as well as false imprisonment and threats to kill.…Details
Victoria Police recorded 391,325 offences in 2011 to 2012, an increase of 8.2% from the previous year. Of the 391,325 offences 168,200 were cleared within the same financial year, a clearance rate of 51.7%. Victoria Police processed 178,897 alleged offenders 10.6% more than the previous year. 208,100 persons were recorded as victims of crime, an…Details
Crimes Against People: Assault – 42,076 (up 16.9%) Sex (non rape) 6,264 Aggravated Robbery – 3,286 Rape – 2,044 Abduction / Kidnapping 611 Homicide – 173 Total – 54,454 While there were 54,454 serious crimes reported in Victoria from 2011 to 2012 there was only some 5000 successful Crime Compensation applications over this same period.…Details
A thirty-nine-year-old female Melbourne secondary school teacher has recently pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a female student under the age of sixteen-years, including sexual penetration, at Knoxfield and Daylesford in 2009 . The teacher’s employment as a teacher was terminated in 2012 and the assailant has been released on bail pending a plea hearing in November. If…Details
In the 2011 – 2012 crime increased by 6.8%. There were more than 10,000 extra family violence complaints. In response the state government has promised an extra 1700 police and 940 protective services offices by November 2014 as well as an extra $16 million in funding for family violence over the next four years. While…Details