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Armed Robbery & Compensation Award by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

Our lawyers received a section 33 Advice from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal at Ringwood indicating that our client will be receiving an award for Special Financial Assistance and Medical Expenses including acupuncture. 

Client was a victim of two attempted armed robberies which occurred on separate occasions.
 
Acupuncture is not usually awarded for by the Tribunal but our lawyers did it! The Tribunal will award an amount that covers the client's expenses of acupuncture among other medical expenses that our client has incurred.
 
Our lawyers worked hard in advising, preparing statutory declarations and collecting evidences to support our clients application and for each of the expenses of which she required compensation. 
 
You can make an application if you are a primary or secondary applicant if you meet the criteria under theVictims of Crime Assistance Act 1996.
 
Contact our lawyers if you have been involved in a crime in Victoria and believe you may be able to make an application for an award under the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.
 
Note that special financial assistance is referred to under the following Act; 

VICTIMS OF CRIME ASSISTANCE ACT 1996 - SECT 8A

Special financial assistance to primary victims for significant adverse effects

    (1)     Without limiting persons who are primary victims by virtue of section 7, for the purposes of this section a person is also a primary victim of an act of violence if he or she experiences or suffers any significant adverse effect as a direct result of an act of violence committed against him or her.

    (2)     A person may be awarded special financial assistance by the Tribunal in accordance with this section if the Tribunal is satisfied that—

        (a)     an act of violence was committed against the person; and

        (b)     the person has experienced or suffered a significant adverse effect as a direct result of that act of violence; and

        (c)     that act of violence is a category A, B, C or D act of violence for the purposes of this section.

    (3)     The amount of special financial assistance that may be awarded by the Tribunal in accordance with this section is an amount up to the level set out in subsection (4).

    (4)     For the purposes of subsection (3) the level is—

        (a)     the minimum amount set out in the Table in subsection (5) in relation to the relevant category of act of violence if the Tribunal is satisfied that the applicant has experienced or suffered any significant adverse effect as a direct result of the act of violence; and

        (b)     an increased amount up to the maximum amount set out in that Table in relation to the relevant category of act of violence if the Tribunal is satisfied that the applicant has suffered any injury as defined in section 3(1) as a direct result of the act of violence.

See (5) of section 8A for the categories of special financial assistance. 

Sources: http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/vocaa1996271/s8a.html

Dinesh Weerakkody is the Principal Legal practitioner at D LEGAL Barristers & Solicitors
For further advice and consultations please contact us via http://www.dlegal.com.au/contact-us.html

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