Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been shown to be effectively treated using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). A recent study has now shown that such improvements obtained via CBT can last years. The study followed up 126 female sexual assault victims five to ten years post treatment with either Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE).…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 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.
This survey looked at the impact of domestic violence at work and provides evidence of the prevalence of domestic violence as it affects the Australian workforce. Key Findings: 3,600 individuals responded to the survey, 81% were women in fulltime employment and 64 were aged 45 and older. 30% of respondents had personally experienced domestic violence.…Details
The Australian Institute of Criminology will be holding a conference on Crime Prevention and Communities in June of this year. We are asking victims of crime to forward suggestions which we intend to use to prepare an abstract to be presented at this conference. If you have been the victim of crime please take the…Details
Five simple relaxation techniques to help control stress throughout the day: Deep breathing: breathe in deeply through your nose as much as possible and hold for a few seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth four to five breaths at a time. Active relaxation: tense, hold and then relax various muscle groups in your…Details
A recent $250,000.00 public funded audit by the Victoria Auditor-General’s Department found that the Victims Support Agency (VSA) has been unable to show that it has met any of its target gaols over the past two years. Furthermore, the same report has indicated that while the objective of the system is to provide immediate support…Details
Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services is currently planning a number of support groups for crime victims in Victoria to access. If you are interested in participating in a support group kindly contact us indicating your preferred time and day and topics of interest on freecall: 1800 000 055 or email at: email@example.com “VOCCS…Details
The impacts of domestic violence for victims often include depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety disorders and other stress-related syndromes. Women who report domestic violence are more likely to experience mental illness with the risk of mental illness increasing with multiple exposures to violence. Women who are victims of violence are more likely to have alcohol problems, to smoke and to use…Details
Many victims of crime are currently experiencing very long delays by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, VOCAT, in authorizing appropriate services. Recently a client has threatened suicide following a more than five month delay by VOCAT in authorizing appropriate dental and counselling expenses. These long delays, while sometimes cannot be helped, are not only…Details
1. The cost of crime to the Victorian community in 2009-2010 was estimated to be just over $9.8 billion, equivalent to 3.4% of Gross State Product, and equivalent to a cost of $1,678.00 per person. 2. Costs attributable to specific crimes against the person represent 8.2%, crimes against property represent 46.8% and costs associated with drug…Details
All Victims of Crime in Victoria where a crime has been committed against a person are entitled to access state funded compensation called Crimes Compensation which is administered by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. This is akin to an insurance which all Victorians contribute to and call upon when required. Victims of Crime are…Details
A victim impact statement allows the victim to tell the judge or magistrate exactly how a crime has affected their life, physically, psychologically and financially, and may be taken into account during sentencing. It is the victim’s choice whether or not to make a Victim Impact Statement but it is generally a very worthwhile experience…Details
Brief summary of findings: Throughout the 2007, 2008 and 2009 calendar years Victorians reported feeling safe in their neighbourhood during the day, but reported feeling less safe at night. In relation to public transport the majority of people felt ‘safe’ on public transport during the day. However, people reported feeling less safe travelling on public…Details
Cyber bullying is potentially far more harmful than traditional bullying as it can occur at anytime, anywhere and by anyone. It can spread very quickly and globally and once posted often irretrievable. Victims of cyber bullying can suffer the same very serious effects as those who are victimized by traditional bullying, including suffering from depression,…Details
A thesis is currently being completed at Griffith University regarding the Prevention of Victimisation against International Students. If you or another student you know has been ASSAULTED (kicked, punched), ROBBED or RACIALLY ABUSED (racist name calling) please help prevent this from happening by completing our quick student survey or forwarding our survey to other victims…Details
There are two avenues for a victim of crime can seek assistance in Victoria, the public system and the private system. In the private system a victim can directly contact a private service provider, such as Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services (VOCCS), and be seen by professionals and have their crimes compensation application…Details
If you have been a victim of crime in Victoria, such as a physical assault, in the past two years and have a police statement pick up a free Personal Safety Alarm from Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services at 163 Victoria Parade Fitzroy. This is a compact alarm which easily fits into a purse…Details
What victims of crime need post trauma is prompt and professional assistance to address their needs and to promote recovery. The current Victoria Victims of Crime Delivery Model appears to be restricting this service. Statistics show that victims of crime in Victoria are waiting up to five months to access a state government funded VACP…Details
Victims of crime in Victoria are able to claim their travelling expenses, which are currently paid at 63 cents per k/m, for travel related to their trauma. Remember to always keep a log of when and where you are travelling to and from and the distance travelled in respect to matters relating to your crimes…Details
Experiences of trauma should not only consist of negative outcomes, but should provide the victim with new perceptions that can result in intensely positive changes regarding personal growth and healing. A traumatic experience should be seen as catalyst for the development of deeper meaning and personal growth in one’s life. Consider the following post trauma:…Details
Author: Whittlesea Community Legal Service Discussion Paper funded by a grant from the Legal Services Board of Victoria. This Discussion Paper provides an analysis of the current legal framework for the assistance of victims of crime in Victoria with a particular focus on assistance provided by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (“VOCAT”). Some points of…Details