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Victims of Crime (VOCAT) Funding

 

What is VOCAT?

VOCAT is the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. It provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime committed in Victoria. It aims to support victims’ recovery by providing financial assistance for expenses incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, as a direct result of the crime. These expenses may include counselling costs, access medical expenses, some safety-related expenses, loss of earnings and some other expenses/special financial award.

Who is eligible to apply for VOCAT?

Children and adults who have been:

  • the victim of a violent crime
  • tried to prevent a crime
  • tried to assist someone they believe is the victim of a violent crime

Children and adults who are present at a violent crime or who are injured because of learning of the crime may also be able to access counselling through VOCAT. They may also be able to access medical expenses and some loss of earnings. The eligibility differs for those under 18 years of age.

Family members/intimate personal relations of a person who has died because of a violent crime can also apply to the tribunal for counselling. They may also be eligible for medical expenses, funeral expenses and some other financial support.

How to apply for VOCAT assistance?

For further information about VOCAT applications:

Helpline: 1800 819 817 (8am – 11pm; 7 days)

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.vocat.vic.gov.au

If you are applying for VOCAT assistance you may decide to use a legal service to place your application with the tribunal. There should be no out-of-pocket costs for these services as successful applications will have their legal expenses covered by the tribunal. There are several different lawyers/legal firms in Victoria that have extensive experience in assisting people to make a VOCAT application.

I am happy to assist with further information around making an application for VOCAT. Please email or call me and I will provide any invoices or information you may need and can liaise with your lawyer directly. 

Phone: 0414 512 122

Email: [email protected]

NDIS

The Fight Back Project is not registered with the NDIS. I would love to be registered, but registration is expensive. The good news is, it is still possible to access funding for The Fight Back Project through the NDIS! To access this program through the NDIS, you’ll need to either Self Manage your NDIS plan, or use an NDIS Plan Manager. If your plan is NDIA Managed, you can only access NDIS registered providers.

I am happy to assist with further information around NDIS funding. Please email or call me and I will provide any invoices or information you may need.

Phone: 0414 512 122

Email: [email protected]