Being a victim of a violent crime is violating and can leave people feeling disempowered. The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) is tasked to address the harm done to victims as far as is possible. This might mean counselling, monetary compensation or other forms of assistance. While nothing can truly compensate a person who has been seriously assaulted, recognition that a person has been wronged and that the community doesn’t accept violence is a small step towards healing and recovery.
Family violence is a major problem within the Victorian community. Reporting family violence is often difficult due to a range of emotional, physical and psychological reasons. Victoria Police now have specific family violence teams who specialise in dealing with victims of family violence. Once you have reported an incident of family violence to Police, we can advocate on your behalf before the Victims of Crime Tribunal for compensation.
General crime and sexual offences
If you have been the victim of an assault or sexual offence, or alternatively, if you have been affected by an assault or sexual offence committed against someone else, you may also be eligible for compensation. Once the matter has been reported to Police, we can advocate on your behalf before the Victims of Crime Tribunal for compensation.
We are able to help you with the Application process, liaise with the Tribunal and advocate for you if you would like to be represented before the Tribunal.