Parking inspectors, police, paramedics, nurses and other such community workers are often victims of physical assaults while in the process of performing their duties. Not only do they need to contend with the stressors of their very demanding employment they often need to contend with a high degree of aggression and violence often perpetrated against…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.
While Crimes Compensation is the easiest and simplest way for victims of crime in Victoria to be compensated there is also another relatively easy procedure through the Sentencing Act. Crimes Compensation is in essence an insurance scheme which all Victorians fund and which they can make a claim agaisnt, the same way one pays for…Details
If you have been the victim of crime, such as a physical assault, and have made a police statement kindly bring your statement to our offices at 163 Victoria Parade Fitzroy and receive a Free Personal Alarm System. This is a community service initiative by Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services to assist victims…Details
The Victoria Police SupportLink Project is a computer-based program system to assist police to make referrals to social support service to assist victims of crime in receiving assistance. In 2010 only about 15% of all eligible victims of crime made a claim through Crimes Compensation in Victoria. What this means is that some 85% of victims of crime,…Details
I would also like to add my support to the Melbourne Victims’ Collective for an independent public enquiry in the way the Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese has handled complaints about sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests against children. From my own experience in assisting victims of crime in dealing with such matters I have seen the…Details
You are more likely to develop PTSD if you have been directly exposed to the trauma, seriously hurt, the trauma was long-lasting or very severe, believed you were in extreme danger or were going to die, had a severe reaction such shaking, vomiting or feeling separated from your surroundings and felt helpless. Other factors contributing to the…Details
In 2010 there were 28,500 victims of assault in Victoria, 15,850 males and 12,030 females, with most victims aged between 25 and 34 years with male victims most likely to be assaulted by a unknown assailant in a community setting and females by a known assailant in a residential location. There were 94 victims of homicide of whom 59%…Details
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I would strongly encourage everyone to contribute to this very valuable state government survey looking at crime and sentencing in Victoria.
Trauma histories have been shown to exist in between 51 and 98% of individuals diagnosed with serious mental health problems and is often misdiagnosed in children for depression, ADHD and Conduct Disorder. Trauma also significantly contributes to heath problems, such as heart disease, and social problems, such as crime. Individuals with mental health, substance abuse…Details
European research has shown that one in two victims applying for state compensation many years later and following settlement still maintain symptoms of post traumatic stress. Considerations for recovery are: 1. The act of violence itself. 2. The relationship with the perpetrator. 3. Treatment. 4. Outcomes of criminal and/or compensation processes. This study shows that…Details
If you are a victim of crime and would like to post information about your incident, such as help to locate the assailant or witnesses or any other relevant information, you can post such information on our wall at 163 Victoria Parade Fitzroy. This is a very visible location with many motorists and pedestrians passing…Details
Violent crimes in Victoria have doubled over the past ten years. The previous state Labour Government went out of its way to avoid reporting these alarming figures and in doing so has allowed such crimes to significantly escalate. The current state government has acknowledge that there is a serious crime problem in Victoria and appears…Details
It is not uncommon to see victims seriously harmed by individuals aged under eighteen years, and often operating in gangs. These crimes are often no less serious and no less intentional than a crime committed by an older person. For those who suggest that mandatory jail terms will deprive such individual’s of their most fundamental…Details
What is all this fuss about the validity of the Crime Poll? As the current state government has indicated it will be used to listen to community views and to help guide new policy. This is nothing new, and in fact, exactly how a government should act, on community sentiments. I applaud the state government…Details
Many people are victimized by crime and many crime victims have subsequent medical and mental health needs. The majority of crime victims neither report their crimes nor seek needed health care services after victimization. In Victoria there are currently around 40,000 victims of serious crime each year yet only around 6,000 seek support from government funded victims of crime…Details
The criminal justice system can have both a positive and a negative impact on the mental health of victims of crime. The justice system by allowing victims to confront assailants with the damage that they have caused may hold the prospect of allowing them to come to terms with their experiences. Reaching a court settlement may be part of…Details
Brodie’s Law has broadened the definition of bullying behaviour to include: acting in any other way that could reasonably be expected to cause a victim to engage in self-harm. Below is a summary of the legislative changes. I think that the current state government should be commended on this initiative as well as the many others…Details
Nightmares are common for trauma survivors, and sometimes go on for months or years. Victims who develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and/or who have other mental health problems, are more likely experience nightmares. Nightmares after trauma often involve the same frightening elements of the trauma and about 50% are actual repeats of the trauma. Nightmares after trauma also…Details
PTSD in response to sexual assault range from 30 to 80% (depending on the type of sexual victimization). Rates of PTSD in response to physical assault range from 23 to 39%. Younger people are at increased risk of victimization, and, once victimized, are more likely to develop PTSD. Some forms of trauma such as rape, perceived life threat during…Details