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Support for Queensland victims reaches five-year milestone

1/12/14

 

Victims of violent crime in Queensland are accessing support sooner following Victim Assist Queensland’s five-year service delivery milestone.


Following a statewide Queensland Government consultation in 2008, the Victims of Crime Assistance Act (VOCAA) 2009 was introduced in parliament, establishing a raft of reforms to place victims’ needs at the centre of its financial assistance scheme.  


Victim Assist Queensland—established for the purpose of administering the Act—has received over 9000 applications and granted close to $50 million for goods and services associated with a victim’s recovery including dental work, counseling, surgery, and physiotherapy.

 

Under VOCAA’s exceptional circumstances provisions, victims of crime have requested and received grants for items which—whilst central to their recovery—fall outside of the traditional medical and psychological needs.  

 

Children who have missed school as a result of their trauma have had tutors funded to support their reintegration back into education.  Women who require additional security measures or personal safety courses to enhance their sense of personal safety after a domestic attack, and family members wanting assistance to travel to the homicide trial of their loved ones are just some of the cases the Victim Assist team considers daily.

 

And Victim Assist is not only about financial assistance.  A central team of information officers have responded to 30,000 requests for information from victims of crime throughout the State and referred 4000 callers to support services since 2009.

 

Victim Assist Queensland—which administers the Act—has received over 9000 applications and granted close to $50 million for goods and services associated with a victim’s recovery including dental work, counseling, surgery, and physiotherapy.

 

Information officers have responded to 30,000 requests for information from victims of crime throughout the State and referred 4000 callers to support services since 2009.

 

For those attending court, the unit’s Victim Coordination Officers provide much-needed guidance and coordination including pre-trial preparation assisting with Victim Impact Statements, enabling victim’s voices to be heard in criminal cases.

 

Victim Assist has officers located throughout Queensland who can help clients apply for financial assistance, and work with service providers to promote the Fundamental Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime.

 

For further information on applying for financial assistance or to speak with our Training team about how Victim Assist can help your clients contact 1300 546 587 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Further information can also be obtained through the Queensland Government website www.qld.gov.au/victims.