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Aid for a related victim

Information about the kinds of compensation and other help that is available for related victims of crime.

Related victims may be awarded financial assistance of up to $50,000 by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). However, the total amount awarded to all the related victims of any one primary victim is $100,000 less any money awarded for funeral expenses. Under exceptional circumstances VOCAT may award a related victim assistance even if the maximum amount of $100,000 per primary victim has already been awarded.

The $50,000 may be made up of amounts for expenses incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, for:

  • counselling
  • medical expenses
  • funeral expenses
  • distress experienced
  • loss of money, that but for the death of the primary victim, the related victim would have received from them for up to 2 years after the primary victim’s death
  • other expenses incurred as a direct result of that death
  • to assist in the related victim’s recovery from the death of the primary victim in exceptional circumstances.

Note: Assistance may not be awarded to the related victim for expense incurred through loss or damage to property.

More information


Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic)

  • s. 3—definitions
  • s. 11—who is a related victim?
  • s. 12—related victim pool
  • s. 13—assistance available to any one related victim

See Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic)(opens in a new window).


Fitzroy Legal Service

Fitzroy Legal Service’s Law Handbook has the following information about assistance available to victims of crime.

See Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)(opens in a new window).

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)

The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) has information to support victims of crime what are applying for assistance.


Or go to the homepage Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal(opens in a new window).