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
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.
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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
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Violent assaults in Victoria have doubled over the past ten years whereas many other types of crime have remained constant. Violent assaults have been increasing by about %5 each year. Violent assaults peak in the warmer months. More males than females are victims of assault. People aged from 15 to 24 experienced the highest rates…Details
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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