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The team at Galea & Faustin Solicitors have expertise in assisting those who have been the victims of crime seek compensation from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). We also appreciate the delicateness and profound physical, and psychological effect these crimes have upon our clients. We provide a empathetic approach in assisting our clients throughout the entire claims process.

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Have you been the victim of a violent crime?

If you have been the victim of a violent crime you may be eligible to apply to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal commonly referred 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.

The scheme is a State Government initiative that is free to apply, and will generally attract no legal fees for your application to be prepared by our experienced team. Our team at Galea & Faustin Solicitors have numerous years of experience of assisting our clients making victims of crime claims. with our expertise on your side to help you through each step of the claim process, we ensure peace of mind.

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Type of applications

VOCAT applications are brought under the following categories:

  • Primary victims

  • Secondary victims

  • Related victims

Our Narre Warren VOCAT team will assist you in making an assessment of the best application type that suits your circumstance and that ultimately will have the greatest likelihood of success.


If you have been the victim of a violent crime?

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Primary victims 

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.


Secondary victims 

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)


Related victims 

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 the deceased

  • 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).


How much will this cost?

The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal will generally cover your reasonable legal expenses in preparation of your claim. This means that our firm will apply for our costs to be paid directly by the tribunal.


Contact us today to take the first step in your victims of crime claim today

If any of the above has resonated with you we encourage you to reach out to our experienced Malvern victims of crime compensation Lawyers today for a confidential conversation. We may be reached by the above 'contact us' box or alternatively please call us on (03) 9117 6189.