VICTIMS OF CRIME ASSISTANCE TRIBUNAL

Have you been the Victim of a violent crime?

Appointments available from Narre Warren to Frankston or over the phone.

You may be eligible to apply for compensation through a Victims of Crime application. This state initiative is free to apply and will attract no legal fees for your application to be prepared by our team.

Applications may be made under either a Primary, Secondary or Related application.

Who is a Primary Victim?

A Primary Victim is a person who is injured or dies as a direct result of: 


  • A violent crime committed against him or her;

  • Trying to arrest someone he/she believes, on reasonable grounds, has committed a violent crime;

  • Trying to prevent the commission of a violent crime; or

  • Trying to aid or rescue someone he/she believes is the victim of a violent crime.

Primary Victims may be eligible to up to $60,000.00 in compensation from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). This figure comprises of up to $40,000.00 in quotes and receipts for reasonable expenses which have been incurred or will assist you with your recovery. This may include items such as counselling expenses, safety related expenses, medical expenses and other expenses if exceptional circumstances can be made out. We may also seek up to $20,000.00 in loss of income if you have been rendered unable to work due to the crime. 

In addition to this, victims may also apply for Special Financial Assistance; which is essentially a discretionary amount decided by the VOCAT to a maximum sum of $10,000.00 paid in a lump sum to the applicant or held in trust for minors.

Who is a Secondary Victim?

A Secondary Victim is:

  • A person who is present at the scene of a violent crime and who is injured as a direct result of witnessing that crime; or

  • A person injured as a direct result of subsequently becoming aware of an act of violence and who is the parent/guardian of the primary victim who was under the age of 18 at the time the criminal act was committed.

Secondary Victims are entitled to up to:

  • $50,000 for medical and counselling expenses

  • Loss of earnings of up to $20,000 (in exceptional circumstances)

Who is a Related Victim?

A Related Victim is a person who at the time of an act of violence either:

  • Was a close family member of

  • Was a dependent of

  • Had an intimate personal relationship with a primary victim who has died as a result of the act.


Related victims are entitled to amounts of up to $50,000 for:

  • Medical or funeral expenses

  • Counselling expenses

  • Assistance for distress experienced

  • Loss of money expected to be received from the deceased (up to two years after the death).

We can help!

If you believe these circumstances apply to you we may be able to assist you with making a compensation claim today. Please contact our office for a free consultation; or alternatively apply online through our website to begin the process now.

The experienced team at Galea & Faustin Solicitors Narre Warren understand and appreciate the delicateness of the profound impact crime can have both physically and psychologically. Here at Galea & Faustin Solicitors we thrive on achieving the best outcome for our clients.

https://www.vocat.vic.gov.au/

 

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