Violent crime is defined in Australia to include homicide, assault, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping. Between 1999-2009 the rate of homicide seems to have fallen affecting 293 victims, down from 385 victims in 1999. The rates of robbery have also fallen from affecting 22,606 victims in 1999 to affecting 15,238 in 2009. In addition, kidnapping/abduction…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.
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If you have been the victim of a crime in Victoria while is the course of your work duties and sustained either a physical or a psychological injury as the result of the criminal act you may be entitled to access assistance from both Workcover as well as from Crimes Compensation. For example, if you…Details
In 2009 – 2010 there were over 39,000 reported crimes against a person, a 33% increase over the past ten years. In the same period of time there was less than 5,000 successful crimes compensation applications which means that around 88% of all eligible victims did not receive assistance from their tax funded entitlements for…Details
Victims of crime will often experience nightmares following trauma, such as a physical or sexual assault, and which can be very debilitating and bring back disturbing memories of the assault. Nightmares can occur any time following a traumatic event and can be difficult to understand. Nightmares can result in feelings of loneliness, distress, sadness, anger,…Details
Sexual assault can happen to anyone and nobody ever deserves to be sexually assaulted. Recent Australian research suggests that more men are sexually assaulted after they turn fifteen years of age than before. It is also estimated that the occurrence of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Australia may be as high as one in three women…Details
Mindfulness Meditation(MM) can be used to address difficult and painful thoughts post trauma. Mindfulness is the non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise. The practice of MM allows the individual to be able to identify, tolerate and reduce difficult, painful and even frightening thoughts, feelings and sensations and aims…Details
Anxiety is a normal human emotion but when it is severe and affects quality of life it then becomes a disorder. The five most common types of anxiety disorders are: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety disorders are common and affect about 14% of the…Details
In Victoria between 2006 and 2010 there were 105 people sentenced for the offence of culpable driving causing death. Driving a motor vehicle dangerously or under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing the death of another person will invoke this offence. This offence in Victoria carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in…Details
In light of the forthcoming imposition of a mandatory 4 year sentence for adult offenders of violent assault crimes the Sentencing Advisory Committee has proposed a 2 year minimum detention sentence for youths aged 16 and 17 who commit gross violence offences. The two-year minimum sentence of detention would apply regardless of whether the youth…Details
If you have been a victim of a violent crime in Victoria and you are seeking information regarding your offender’s sentencing a service exists whereby you can be informed of information such as the length of sentence, earliest release dates, actual release dates or notification of the offender being moved to home detention. The service,…Details
Victims of crime who have seen their offender be unfairly acquitted may be able to seek justice for a second time. The Victorian Parliament introduced legislation on 8 November 2011 that allows criminals to be retried for an offence where significant new evidence comes to light that compels the guilt of a previously acquitted criminal.…Details
Victoria is set to introduce mandatory sentences for violent criminals. In response to the alarming number of violent bashings occurring in Victoria, the state parliament, on advice of the Sentencing Advisory Council, has proposed a minimum 4 year imprisonment for adult offenders who leave their victims with permanent injuries. National health statistics indicate that hospitalisation…Details
As many victims of crime may be unaware of their rights under the Victims’ Charter Act 2006 below are some points which may of interest to victims of crime. For further specific details please refer to the Act in full or if in Victoria contact Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services on Freecall 1800…Details
The Crimes Amendment (Bullying) Act 2011, introduced in Victoria in April 2011, is intended to strengthen the existing offence of stalking in the Crimes Act 1958 to cover the range of serious bullying behaviour. The new laws provide the power for a court to impose a custodial penalty for serious bullying. The Act sends a strong message…Details
According to The Sentencing Amendment Act 2010 and the Sentencing Further Amendment Act 2011, suspended sentences have been abolished for a range of serious crimes when prosecuted in the higher courts, including recklessly causing serious injury, aggravated burglary and arson, and there is a move to achieve the complete abolition of suspended sentences for all…Details
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General Recognize that you have been through a highly stressful experience and acknowledge that you will have a psychological reaction to it. Excessive denial, or refusal to accept your feelings, may delay the recovery process. Do not try to block out thoughts of the incident or to avoid reminders of it. Confronting the reality, bit…Details
Train stations are considered by many commuters to be unsafe. Recently Victoria Police has increased monitoring and management of passenger safety but many commuters still fall victim to crimes against the person whilst using Melbourne’s public transport system. In 2008-09 there were more than 7000 criminal offences reported on Melbourne’s train system. In 2009 there…Details