Victim Of Crime Injury Compensation: Solicitors, Victoria


If you have suffered an injury that is the result of a criminal act in Victoria, Australia, you may eligible for compensation. Our victims of crime solicitors act on a No Win No Fee basis in criminal injury claims for financial assistance. To receive obligation-free legal advice from a solicitor in Victoria, get in touch by completing the contact form on this page.

***Currently, our criminal injuries compensation referral service is only available for claimants in Victoria.

Eligibility for Compensation

Please note that criminal injury compensation laws vary from State to State. Generally speaking, you may be eligible to claim financial assistance/compensation if:

  • you are the victim of an act of violence and are injured as a result.
  • you are a close family member of the victim (family can include spouse, domestic partner, parent, guardian, step-parent, step-child, a dependant, brother, sister, step-brother or step-sister) and you are injured as a result of learning of the act of violence.
  • you are injured as a result of witnessing an act of violence.
  • you are injured while trying to prevent someone from committing an act of violence or trying to arrest them.
  • you are injured while trying to help or rescue someone against whom an act of violence is being committed.

Examples of acts of violence: Aggravated burglary, Arson, Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Assault, Armed Robbery, Rape, Abduction, Kidnapping, Homicide, Murder, Manslaughter, Assault with a weapon, Attempted Murder, attempted rape, blackmail, burglary, causing an explosion, conduct endangering life, cause injury intentionally or recklessly, cause serious injury, culpable driving, incest, indecent assault, false imprisonment, malicious wounding, negligently causing serious injury, stalking, threats, threats to kill, threats to inflict serious injury, theft.

Examples of injuries you may be compensated for: brain damage, burns, diseases, scarring, loss/damage to body parts, muscle strains and sprains, ligament and tendon injuries, paralysis, loss of fertility, dislocations and fractures, pregnancy, mental illness, nervous shock, psychiatric and psychological damage, and many others.

Compensation Awards

The amount of compensation that you may receive will depend on the nature of your claim, the extent and severity of your injuries and disabilities (as assessed by doctors and psychologists).

Report the Crime

If you are the victim of a violent crime it is important that:

1. You seek medical attention (if necessary), immediately; AND

2. Report the crime to the Police.

In some States, the failure to report the crime to the Police within a reasonable time, can mean that you lose your right to compensation/financial assistance.

Seek Legal Advice

Time limits apply in making claims for compensation, so it is very important that you do not delay in seeking legal advice. Complete the contact form if you wish to find out whether you still have time to make a claim.

A criminal injuries compensation lawyer can:

  • Advise on whether or not to pursue a claim for compensation and the type of claim to pursue e.g VOCAT application.
  • Advise on matters such as time limits and any risk factors applicable (e.g. legal costs).
  • Where appropriate, obtain the necessary evidence (such as medical and other records) and lodge documents on your behalf.
  • Represent you in any proceedings.

Our criminal injuries compensation referral service is only available for victims of crime in VICTORIA.




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