Victims can now ask to be placed on a Victims Registrar which enables them to be given information about the offender, such as early release dates. Victims have the right to make submissions about such early release dates, for example, how it may affect the victim, as well as what conditions should be placed on…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.
There is a website at www.lawenforcement.com.au which provides information of law enforement practices throughout Australia. Articles on trauma response protocols relevant to each state, including Victoria, can be accessed. THere is information on road trauma to criminal matters right through to natural disasters. The site is sponsored by www.childsafetyawareness.com
In 2005 to 2006 Australians expenditure on the criminal justice system was around $8.5 Billion. In 2006 there were over 200,000 violent crimes in Australia. Physical assaults represent the majority of violent crimes, with an increase of 50% between 1996 to 2006 to over 170,000 physical assaults. Physical assaults are most likely to occur in…Details
There is an organization in Victoria Called People Against Lenient Sentencing (PALS). PALS believe that often the sentence does not fit the crime, particularly in such ases as childhood sexual abuse. PALS aim is to give victims a voice when sentences appear to be blatantly inadequate and inconsistent with social expectations. If you have been a…Details
There is an organization in Victoria called Working Against Culpable Driving (WACD). WACD is a support service run by the family members of individuals who have been tragically killed as the result of culpable driving. Their objective is to both provide support and information to other families during such difficult times. WACD is also working towards…Details
There is an organization in Victoria called the Victims of Crime Advocacy League (VOCAL). VOCAL is comprised of people who themselves have been crime victims and who believe that more needs to be done to address the rights of victims of crime. At present VOCAL is attempting to address a range of issues, including the law relating…Details
Transcranial Magentic Stimulation therapy (rTMS) of the right prefrontal cortex for patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been shown to alleviate anxiety symptoms and provided therapeutic effects for PTSD patients. rTMS is an emergenging new treatment which will soon be avialable in Australia.
A recent study has shown that the incidence of bulimic symptoms in adolescence is higher in girls who report childhood sexual abuse before age 16 years, even after adjustment for age, background factors, previous psychiatric morbidity, and dieting behavior. The incidence is 2.5 times higher for 1 episode of abuse vs 4.9 times higher for…Details
Domestically abusive environments damage children in a variety of ways. Always:
1. Tell them it is not their fault.
2. Encourage them to talk about the domestic violence.
3. Work out a safety and exit plan with them.
4. Let then know that they are not alone.
Stalking is a common and disabling crime that often persists for a long time causing the victim and their family extreme distress. In the past have you: 1. Been followed? 2. Had unsolicited correspondences, such as mobile, text or email? 3. Had someone stand outside yor home or workplace? 4. Left unwanted items for you to discover? 5.…Details
Domestic abuse is a significant problem for many people and if not addressed it eventually dominates relationships to the detriment of all concerned. Please answer the following questions honestly: 1. Are you in a relationship with a person who regularly phsically, emotionally or verbally abuses you? 2. Do you feel controlled or isolated from others by your…Details
Going to court may be a very stressful time for victims. Below are a few suggestions that may help: 1. Get used to the court environment by sitting in on other cases. 2. Prepare Victim Impact Statements thoroughly. 3. Be patient as matters do not always preceed promptly. 4. Make contact with the Police Prosecutor…Details
Providing psychological first aid post trauma: 1. Help victims meet their basic needs. 2. Listen to others who wish to share their story. 3. Be compassionate. 4. Provide accurate information about the situation. 5. Help victims stay connected with family and friends. 6. Encourage victims to take control and help thenselves. 7. Help address concerns…Details
At some time in your life you are likely to experience or witness a traumatic event. Those events that involve intense fear, helplessness or horror are more likely to result in a disabling response. Examples of traumatic events are criminal assault, sexual abuse, domestic violence and stalking. Common emotional responses include fear, guilt and anger. Common cognitive responses…Details
People who were abused or neglected as children have increased risk of depression. Childhood physical abuse increases the lifetime risk for depression. Child maltreatment increases the risk for current depression. Adults with a history of childhood sexual abuse report more depression symptoms than people who did not experience such trauma. Abused or neglected individual with depression are also more likely to…Details
Self harming behaviour is a coping mechanism for some individuals when they can no longer deal with stressful situations. For some individuals self harming behaviour serves as a marker for those at increased risk for suicide should self harming behaviour and other coping mechanisms become insufficient.
Women who become victims of sexual assault typically experience the victimization as a traumatic event, perceiving it as an emotional shock. Common reactions to this kind of trauma are:
- Fear of losing control of their lives.
- Re-experiencing the assault in thoughts and dreams.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Feelings of guilt.
- Self-image frequently suffers; many women report feeling “dirty’ and shower frequently in an effort to be clean.
- Sense of sadness, feeling “down”, and depressed.
- It is not unusual to see disruption in relationships with others.
- Loss of interest in sexual relations.
Domestic violence is a crime. Women are at greater risk at home than on the street. Most violence in the home is committed by men. Women and children are most of the victims.
Domestic violence is any behavior which causes physical, sexual or psychological damage or causes someone to live in fear. Physical and sexual violence are the more obvious forms of violence. Rape within marriage is a crime in Victoria. Other forms of violence include making you think you are crazy, locking you in the house, threatening to kill the children, treating you like a servant, and so on. Some have said that these things are just as damaging as physical violence.
If you are in a violent relationship you may feel degraded and alone, afraid to tell anyone, worried about what others will think, afraid that it is your fault, scared that it will get worse if you leave, insecure about your children’s future, frustrated and sad because you have tried everything to change the situation, guilty about leaving, that you have failed as a wife and mother. You are not to blame about the violence. You have a right to be safe. You have the right to live a life free of violence.Details
Every day many mothers face the awful reality of finding out that their children have been sexually abused. Most sexual abuse takes place within homes. In fact, it is usually committed by someone who is trusted by the child.
If the person who has abused your child is your partner, husband or boyfriend, you may experience a mixture of feelings. You will feel shocked, confused, disbelieving, numb, guilty, betrayed, frightened, hurt, a failure as a wife and mother, angry at him for his actions, at yourself for not being able to stop it and at your child for not telling you, worried about the consequences.
In retrospect many women say that they had a ‘gut feeling’ that something was not OK. But sexual abuse is the last thing that most people expect to be happening in their family. It is not your fault that you were not aware of it sooner.Details