If you have been a victim of a violent crime, or have witnessed a crime you may be entitled to compensation from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). Applications must generally be made within 2 years of the crime.
VOCAT has been established to get people back on their feet by giving financial assistance for things such as counselling, medical expenses, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, and much more, to assist in your recovery. You will need to produce receipts for these costs, so make sure to keep these documents. It is important to note that damage to property cannot be claimed through VOCAT, but you can apply for future expenses that are reasonably likely to be incurred such as security for your home.
In order to be eligible for VOCAT, you must have suffered an injury (including physical or mental harm) and have reported the crime to police. If the matter was not reported to police, you will have to complete a statutory declaration about the crime and why it wasn’t reported.
Victims and witnesses to crime must first claim any other eligible assistance such as income insurance, TAC or Work Cover that is available, and the purpose of VOCAT is to cover any gaps that those insurances don’t cover.
If you have a criminal history, did not report the crime, or did not cooperate with police, this may impact your ability to make a successful application. Call me for some free legal advice so that I can advise you about your likelihood of success.
- The offence must have been committed in Victoria
- It must be a crime of violence
- The crime must have resulted in an injury or death
- You are a primary,secondary or related victim of that violent crime
- You must have exhausted other insurance options (Workcover, TAC, compensation order)
- Primary victims (crime committed against them) may claim up to $60,000
- Secondary victims (witness to crime or parent of child victim) may claim up to $50,000
- Related victims (close family members or have intimate personal relationship with victim) may claim up to $50,000
Victims can seek assistance from the Tribunal for the following:
- Counselling expenses
- Medical expenses(hospital, ambulance, dental, physiotherapy)
- Funeral expenses
- Safety expenses for primary victims
- Lost earnings for Primary and Secondary Victims up to $20,000
The expenses must be “reasonable” and will only cover expenses already incurred or those which are likely to be incurred the future.
Call me today for a free consultation and I will give you advice about your likelihood of success. Applications don’t cost anything to make. I get paid by the Tribunal if the application is successful.
Call us on 0468 364 121 for some free advice