Victims/Criminal Compensation Claims
Located right here on the Central Coast, our Compensation Lawyers have over 45 combined years experience in helping people who have been injured as a result of a criminal act get the compensation they are entitled to.
Have you been the victim of a crime such as rape, burglary, assault or homicide?
Is there a time limit?
Within two years of the incident or for children, within two years of turning 18.
Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence can claim up to 10 years from the offence.
No time limit applies to victims of sexual assault that were under 18 at the time of the incident
What is Victims/Criminal Compensation?
Crime victim compensation is a government program to reimburse victims of violent crimes- such as assault, homicide, rape, and, in some states, burglary – as well as their families for many of their out-of-pocket expenses. Every state has a crime victim compensation program. Call us to find out more.
When can a claim be made?
When a person suffers psychological or physical injury as a result of a criminal act such as assault, homicide, rape and some instances, burglary.
What type of injuries can be compensated?
- Physical Injuries
- Psychological/Psychiatric Injuries
What compensation will I be entitled to?
Financial assistance is available to cover:
- Medical and dental expenses not covered under ‘immediate needs’
- Reasonable travel expenses
- Assistance with cost of living and other expenses including rent assistance, furniture, child care and household bills up to $5000 for those victims who were not employed at the time of the crime.
- Expenses associated with court proceedings related to the act of violence, such as preparing victim impact statements and other justice related expenses, up to $5000.
- The legal fees of a legal practitioner are not included.
- Loss of earnings up to $20,000 (there is no allowance for future loss)
- Up to $5000 for out of pocket expenses, including loss of clothing
Will I have to go to court?
No Victims/Criminal Compensation matters are handled by Victims Services and you will not be required to attend Court.