Victims of Crime

Have you or someone you know been the victim of a crime? Becoming the victim of a crime can be a confronting experience but you don't have to deal with it alone. Crime often affects more than just the direct victim, with witnesses to a crime and family members of a person also affected. 

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Instinctive Defence Victims of Crime Program

Our customised program is sensitive in nature to a wide cross-section of the community and its easy to learn, principal based approach will facilitate positive outlook and regaining of confidence. Contact us to find out how we can help you empower yourself.

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Your main resource for victims of crime is the Department of Justice website. Here you will find information to help deal with the aftermath of an assault.

The Victims Support Agency (VSA) within the Department of Justice represents victims of crime and coordinates a whole-of-government approach to services for victims. 

VSA funds statewide services to provide counselling and practical assistance to help victims of violent crime recover from the effects of crime. The agency is pivotal in linking service systems for victims to ensure they receive personalised, timely and effective support.

The Victims of Crime Helpline (1800 819 817) is staffed by specially trained Victim Support Officers. The helpline operates between 8am and 11pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. 

The VSA also funds a network of victims assistance and counselling program agencies throughout metropolitan and regional areas.

In this section, you will find contact details for a range of different services available for people in a range of different situations. Most 1800 numbers are a free call from anywhere in Victoria (except those indicated for country callers only).

Help in a crisis

Victims support services

Counselling and financial assistance

Court support

Specific needs

Help for specific crimes

Legal assistance

The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal  VOCAT

The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT), is established by legislation to provide financial assistance to victims of violent crime committed in Victoria. VOCAT assists victims to recover from a crime by providing financial assistance for expenses incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, as a direct result of the crime.

VOCAT may award financial assistance for reasonable counselling, medical, safety-related and funeral expenses, lost earnings and other reasonable expenses to assist a victim of crime in their recovery, when assistance for those expenses is not available from another source. VOCAT cannot award financial assistance for expenses incurred through the loss of or damage to property as a result of a crime.

Lump sum payments may also be made to certain victims of crime (for special financial assistance and distress) to assist victims in their recovery and in recognition of, injury, distress and trauma experienced or suffered by them as victims of crime.

For help and information please contact the Tribunal at

VOCAT provides the following assistance to help victims recover from criminal acts:

  • awards of financial assistance that cover medical expenses and reasonable counselling expenses incurred by victims, and from 1 July 2010 reasonable safety-related expenses;
  • in exceptional circumstances, awards of financial assistance for reasonable expenses incurred by victims to assist recovery from an act of violence;
  • awards of up to $60,000 financial assistance for "primary" victims (see: "What financial assistance is available?", below), including up to $20,000 for loss of earnings;
  • awards of up to $7,500 in special financial assistance for primary victims of crimes that occurred after 1 July 2000 up to 30 June 2007, and up to $10,000 for crimes that occurred on or after 1 July 2007, depending on the category of the act of violence;
  • awards of up to $50,000 for "secondary" and "related" victims (see: "What financial assistance is available?", below); and
  • financial assistance to a relative, where the victim dies as a result of the criminal act.





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