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To discuss an application for assistance please contact the Registrar at your nearest venue of the Tribunal

Victims of Crime Helpline

In addition to the Tribunal, there are a range of other services available to assist victims of crime.

VOCAT is established by legislation to provide financial assistance to victims of violent crime committed in Victoria. We assist victims to recover from a crime by providing financial assistance for expenses incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, as a direct result of the crime.

Are you a Victim?
The Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 defines the victim types eligible to receive financial assistance from the Tribunal. Click here for more information about who may be eligible.
An application for financial assistance can be made online or at any venue of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. Click here for more information about making an application for financial assistance.
Mother and child
The Tribunal can make awards for urgent expenses prior to the final determination of an application. Click here for more information about urgent financial assistance.

Latest News

Remote Counselling

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tribunal is in a position to authorise payment for remote psychological or counselling sessions.

New Publications - Counselling and Funeral Expenses

On 8 February 2021 the Chief Magistrate issued new Practice Directions regarding Counselling Awards and the provision of Assessment Reports by non-treating practitioners. Please see links below for updated publications