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The Crime Victims Services Unit can pay financial assistance to victims of crime who have suffered financial loss or injury as a result of a violent act that occurred in the Northern Territory.

What you can claim, and the amount of money you might receive depends on the circumstances of the violent act, and whether you are the primary, secondary or family victim.

If you are a primary or secondary victim, you can check Schedules 1- 3 of the Victim of Crime Assistance Regulations for the amount that can be claimed for the injuries you have suffer.

Note that if the injuries fall under the threshold amount of $7,500 you will not be entitled to an award for the injuries. You may still be entitled to claim for financial loss (such as loss of wages or medical or other health expenses) incurred as a result of the violent act.

Discussion Paper for the Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act

The legislation that is the basis for the provision of counselling and financial support for victims of crime is being reviewed. Have your say on the legislation or the counselling and financial support schemes. Follow the link to the discussion paper and contact details to make a submission: http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/policycoord/lawmake/reports.shtml#VCA

 

I was injured as a direct result of a violent act, including domestic violence.

I am the victim of a compensable violent act (some sexual assaults are compensable violent acts).

I was injured trying to prevent another person from committing a violent act.

I was injured trying to help or rescue another person against whom a violent act was being committed.

I was injured trying to arrest a person who was committing or just committed a violent act.

You are a Primary Victim.  Use the Application for Financial Assistance by a Primary Victim

I was at the scene of the violent act, and have suffered an injury as a result of witnessing the act.

I am a child, step-child or under the guardianship of the victim, and I suffered an injury as a result of becoming aware of the violent act.

I am a parent, step- parent, or guardian of a child who was a victim, and I suffered an injury as a result of becoming aware of the violent act.

You are a Secondary Victim.  Use the Application for Financial Assistance by a Secondary Victim

I am the spouse or de facto partner of someone who has died as a result of a violent act.

I am the parent, step-parent, or guardian of someone who has died as a result of a violent act.

I am child, step-child or under the guardianship of someone who has died as a result of a violent act.

I am entirely or substantially dependent for financial support on someone who has died as a result of a violent act.

You are a Family Victim. Use the Application for Financial Assistance by a Family Victim

Note that people who are injured as a result of a motor accident, or in the course of employment are generally not eligible to receive an award under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act.

Under the scheme, a victim who is experiencing financial hardship as a result of the violent act can claim a payment of up to $5,000 to cover financial loss - out of pocket expenses such as medical and other health expenses or loss of earnings. Use the application for Immediate Financial Loss.

If you are a victim of a violent act or relative or close friend of a victim you are entitled to free crisis counselling. Crisis counselling services for victims of crime are located across the Territory. For more information, please contact Anglicare NT on 1800 898 500.

Want to know more? Download our brochure.

There is no charge for lodging an application.

 

Northern Territory Victims Register

Notification of increase to victims levy for infringement notices

The victims levy on infringement notices has recently increased from $20 to $40. This increase affects the cost of fines for offences such as speeding, red light camera infringements and other regulatory offences. The levy will be paid into the Victims Assistance Fund, which contributes to the costs of the Victims Assistance Scheme.

The Victims Assistance Scheme provides services for victims of crime, such as free counselling, treatment costs and loss of earnings. People who are injured as a result of a violent crime may also be eligible for financial assistance which recognises the effect of the violent act and the injury. The levy ensures that those who breach the law contribute to a fund that benefits victims.

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