Victims of Crime

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF CRIME?

 

If you have been the victim of a crime then you may be eligible to apply for assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. The tribunal provides funding for you to have a solicitor act on your behalf in making your application.

 

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible if:

  • you have had an act of violence committed against you (Primary Victim)
  • You witnessed an act of violence (Secondary Victim)
  • You are the parent of a child who is a Primary Victim (Secondary Victim)
  • A member of your immediate family has died as a result of a crime (Related Victim)

If you are not sure whether any of the above applies to you, contact our office to discuss your situation. There is no requirement for the offender to have been charged for you to make an application.

 

WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?

Primary Victims

  • Special Financial Assistance (a small lump sum payment in recognition that you are a victim of crime)
  • Counselling services
  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of earnings up to a maximum of $20,000
  • Safety related expenses
  • Replacement of clothing damaged as a result of the crime
  • Expenses to assist your recovery (in exceptional circumstances)

Secondary Victims

  • Counselling services
  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of earnings up to a maximum of $20,000
  • Safety related expenses
  • Replacement of clothing damaged as a result of the crime
  • Expenses to assist your recovery (in exceptional circumstances)

 

Related Victims

There is a maximum pool of $100,000 for the related victims of the person who has died, with a $50,000 cap in on each individual related victim. Assistance is available in the form of :

  • Distress Payment
  • Dependency
  • Counselling
  • Medical and Counselling Expenses
  • Funeral Costs
  • Expenses to assist your recovery (in exceptional circumstances)

You are also able to make a claim for funeral expenses, whether or not you are a related victim.

 

Madeline Prior has extensive experience in Victims of Crime matters and can assist you with your application to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal from start to finish. Madeline practices almost exclusively in the Victims of Crime area and will be able to advise you on all facets of your application.

 

MAKING AN APPLICATION

What do you need to do to make an application?

  • Contact Madeline at Prior Law with Allan Jenes and make an initial no obligation appointment.
  • Bring in all documents you have regarding the crime and any expenses you have incurred.

 

 

Interim Assistance Available

If you require immediate assistance from the tribunal we are able to apply for the tribunal to make an Interim Award of Assistance. This can be medical, counselling and safety related expenses, which may be necessary for your immediate wellbeing.

 

 

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Location

  • Bentleigh Office
    489 Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204 - VIC
    Telephone.: (03) 9557 6831, Fax: (03) 9557 9090
  • East Bentleigh Office
    701 Centre Road, East Bentleigh 3165 - VIC
    Telephone.: (03) 9579 1233, Fax.: (03) 9563 8061
  • Cheltenham Office
    216 Charman Road, Cheltenham 3192 - VIC
    Telephone.: (03) 9584 2088, Fax.: (03) 8456 6316