Victims of Crime
If you have been injured as a direct result of a criminal act in Victoria, you may be entitled to claim assistance from the victims of crime tribunal as a ‘primary victim’.
Primary victims may be entitled to claim the following:
- Special financial assistance
- Counselling expenses
- Loss of damage of clothing worn at the time of the offence
- Reasonable safety related expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Other expenses to assist in recovery
If you are injured as a result of witnessing a criminal act, or are a parent/guardian of a primary victim who was under the age of 18 at the time of the crime, you may be entitled to claim assistance as a ‘secondary victim’.
If a close family member, dependant or someone you shared an intimate close personal relationship dies as a result of a criminal act, you may be entitled to claim as a related victim.
In addition, primary victims may be entitled to pursue a claim against the offender for damages, or to make a Sentencing Act claim. Further, if the criminal act was committed at work or in a transport accident, then you may be entitled to additional compensation under WorkCover and TAC.
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