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An application for compensation must be lodged within 2 years of the date of the act of violence. If the violence happened over a period of time, the application must be lodged within two years from the date of the last act of violence. If the application is lodged more than 2 years after the act of violence, you must provide reasons for the delay in the application form.
The victims’ compensation scheme was established to assist victims of violent crime. The scheme is run by NSW Victims Services, who also help victims in other ways, such as providing counselling, support and information. To claim compensation you need to lodge an application with Victims Services. We can prepare your application for you. You are eligible to claim compensation if:
- You are the victim of an act of violence and are injured as a result (a ‘primary victim’)
- You are the member of the immediate family of a homicide victim (a ‘family victim’)
- You are injured as a result of witnessing an act of violence (a ‘secondary victim’)
- You are the parent or guardian of a primary victim of an act of violence who was under the age of 18 years at the time of the act and you are injured as a result of learning of the act of violence (a ‘secondary victim’)
- You are injured while trying to prevent someone from committing an act of violence, arrest someone who is committing an act of violence, or help or rescue someone against whom an act of violence is being committed (a ‘primary victim’).
Compensation under the scheme is determined by a Table of Injuries in the legislation. Amendments made to the original Act over the years have reduced the amount of compensation available to victims of crime, significantly reducing the benefit to victims of violence contemplated by the original legislation.
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