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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

Legislation

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).

Reference

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.

See:

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

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