Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal Claims
If you have been the victim of a violent crime you may be eligible to apply to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal or often commonly referred to to as VOCAT. Such claim allows those whom have been the victims of violent crimes to apply for assistance to help them with their physical and psychological recovery from crime.
The scheme is a State Government initiative that is free to apply to and will attract no legal fees for your application to be prepared by our experienced team. Our team at Galea & Faustin Solicitors have years of experience of assisting our clients making victims of crime claims, so you can rest assured with our expertise on your side to help you thorugh each step of the claim process.
Types of applications
Applications may be brought as Primary, Secondary, Related and Funeral expenses
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
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 provide us with some starting information through our free claim check here.
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.
Have you been the victim of a violent crime?
Our firm have expertise in assisting those who have been the victims of crime seek compensation with the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. We also appreciate the delicateness and profound not only physical but psychological effect crime has on our society. We provide an empathetic approach to assist our clients through the claim process.
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