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NSW Victims of Crime Compensation?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Tamara McDonald, 12 August 2014.

  1. Tamara McDonald

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    My children and I were mugged 18 months ago.
    I was told about the Victims of crime compensation. Is there a time limit on making a claim?
    I cant seem to find a straightforward answer?!
    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Paul Cott

    Paul Cott Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tamara,

    It may be different in NSW but in Victoria the time limit is 2 years.

    Paul.
     
  3. Owens Lawyers

    Owens Lawyers Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tamara,

    NSW no longer has a Victim's Compensation scheme. It's been replaced by a Victims Support Scheme, with the emphasis on support rather than compensation. There is generally a two year time limit for financial assistance and what's called a recognition payment. There is no time limit for counselling.

    You should contact Victims Services for info on how to apply.
     
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  4. Tamara McDonald

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    Thank you! Very helpful :)
     
  5. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tamara,

    This website from the NSW Government on Justice Victims Services may answer some of your questions:

    http://www.victimsservices.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/vss/vs_financial_support.html,c=y or you may contact the Victims Access line on 1800 633 063.

    There is no time limit for applying for counselling services but there is a time limit of either 2 years from the date of incident (for financial support for yourself) or 2 years from the day the victim turns 18 years old (for financial support for your children): Page 11 of Victim Services Guide.
     
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