Victims of crime can recover compensation from a tribunal. The amounts are limited to maximums set out in the legislation; the victim’s own criminal history and access to other compensation are taken into account. There are services for primary, secondary and related victims of crime, including a helpline and a referral service, counselling, and a network of assistance programs that respond to a crisis in person and by telephone. There must be an act of violence causing injury, reported in reasonable time. This chapter also outlines the claims procedure.

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Assistance for victims of crime: Contacts

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
VOCAT’s principal registry:
233 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9628 7855
Email: help@vocat.vic.gov.au
Web: www.vocat.vic.gov.au

VOCAT operates from every Magistrates’ Court in Victoria.

Victims of Crime Helpline
Tel: 1800 819 817 or text: 0427 767 891 (8 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week)
Email: vsa@jen-blackjustice.vic.gov.au
Web: www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au

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