After exposure to an extremely traumatic experience, some individuals re-experience the traumatic event in recollections, flashbacks, nightmares or after encountering reminders of the event. They may also develop emotional numbing and avoid situations that trigger unpleasant memories. Despite emotional numbing, many individuals with PTSD also have increased arousal or alertness. Re-experiencing the traumatic event. Most…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.
Approximately 10% of all children in developed countries suffer from some form of abuse. The impact of such abuse is often long lasting and often persists into adulthood. Such children are more likely to become involved in criminal behaviour and have substance use issues. Only about half of suspected abuse noted by professionals, such as…Details
If you have been suffering from a trauma related nightmare for more than several months practice this exercise: Write down the disturbing dream and then change the nightmare anyway you wish and then write down the changed dream. Use imagery to rehearse your new dream scenario for 10 to 15 minutes. Next, describe your old nightmare and…Details
Anxiety Disorders are often the result of trauma. These disorders can include panic, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive, social phobia and posttraumatic stress. Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent panic attacks accompanied by four of the following symptoms: palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, lightheaded and a fear of dying. Generalized Anxiety Disorder…Details
In certain populations it has been shown that there is an increased risk of PTSD in those who have a prior diminished mental or physical health status. Those with diminished physical or mental health prior to a traumatic experience are more likely to react poorly to the traumatic event as well as affect the coping strategies adopted…Details
A recent study has shown that adults with alopecia areata are significantly more likely to have a history of childhood and lifetime traumatic events than adults without this hair condition. Early traumatic life events therefore could be one of the factors that increase the vulnerability for developing alopecia in later life. Other studies have shown…Details
Recent research has indicated that migraine suferers are more apt to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general population, Therefore the identification and treatment of PTSD in migraine sufferers may be an important part of their care that may reduce migraine-related disability. The study found that PTSD was present in 30.3% of those with chronic daily headache and…Details
A recent study has found a found an association between PTSD severity and health risk as measured by metabolic syndrome (systolic and diastolic blood pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and fasting measures of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, serum triglycerides and plasma glucose concentration), an important established predictor of morbidity and mortality. It is therefore quite possible that…Details
In the first 2-3 hours after assault. 1. Physical shaking, trembling and shock. 2. Scared, worried, terrified and confused. After this initial period. 1. Symptoms of depression, exhaustion and restlessness, together with post traumatic stress disorder. Medium to long term effects. 1. Heightened fear, anger, anxiety, guilt, self blame, loss of trust, flashbacks and…Details
A recent study has shown that Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a predictor of suicide. Individuals exposed to trauma, such as a physical assault, and go on to develop PTSD, are up to three times more likely to attempt suicide compared with those individuals who did not develop PTSD. Treatment considerations for those individuals suffering from PTSD should therefore…Details
A recent study showed that women who suffer ongoing physical abuse are almost three times as likely to use hospital emergency departments than women who are not. Those that suffer from emotional abuse also use significantly more health services than those not emotionaly abused, some 33% more. Women whose abuse is ongoing use the most…Details
Children’s response to trauma may differ in important ways to those seen in adults. Children may find it hard to understand what has happened. They may be unable to describe how they are feeling and instead express themselves in other ways. The following behaviours may be seen in children following trauma: 1. Reliving the trauma.…Details
Recent research suggests that sexually abused boys are ten times more likely to contemplate suicide in adulthood, and that childhood abuse is a significant risk factor for suicide in men, which is three to four times more likely than in women. Men also, as opposed to women, are less likely to talk about their feelings,…Details
Childhood trauma has been shown to be a very important risk factor for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Recent research has show than exposure to childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse as well as neglect is associated with a greater than five fold increased risk of developing CFS. Individuals suffering from CFS should be screened for childhood trauma…Details
It has been estimated by the World Health Organization that suicide is the eighth leading cause of death. While more women attempt suicide more men die from suicide by a factor of almost 5:1. Risk factors for suicide include domestic violence, low socioeconomic status, low education, unemployment, increasing age and marriage. Women exposed to violent domestic…Details
Victims of Crime Counselling Services is attempting to promote a Say No to Criminal Violence Day on the 21st of August of each year. In order to achieve this objective we need support from the public and the media. If you would like to be involved in the promotion and organization of this day kindly…Details
Post trauma some people go onto to develop certain worldviews including the following: 1. The world is very dangerous. 2. I have no control over situations. 3. I am responsible for what has happened. Cognitive Therapy aims to modify cognitive distortions arising post trauma thereby reducing the intensity of the associated emotional reaction. It is…Details
A recent study of multigenerational family members initially exposed to trauma has suggested that the genetic makeup of some individuals makes them more vulnerable to PTSD, depression and anxiety. This study suggested that around 40% of variation shown in PTSD sufferers was acountable in terms of gentic factors and the balance attributable to nongenetic factors.…Details
Recent research has suggested that increased arousal, rapid heart and respiration rates, at the time of trauma may predict subsequent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Elevated heart rate and respiration rate immediately following a traumatic event are shown to be associated with subsequent PTSD, suggesting a possible starting point for examining the mechanics of this disorder.
Bereavement is often seen as distict from depression and subsequently not warranting the same concern for treatment. In fact there is little distinction in the depression that occurs as the result of death or as the result of other negative life events. Treatment considerations should be based on such factors as the duration and intensity…Details