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Apprehended Violence Order

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a legal order that aims to protect victims of domestic violence or other forms of violence, harassment, or intimidation. Mayek Legal can provide legal representation and assistance in Melbourne for individuals seeking to obtain or defend against an AVO.

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Financial Assistance for Victims of Violent Crimes in Victoria

At Mayek Legal, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact that being a victim of a violent crime can have on individuals and their families. That’s why we are here to help you navigate the process of claiming financial assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) in Victoria.

Who Can Claim Financial Assistance?

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a violent crime in Victoria, you may be eligible to claim financial assistance from VOCAT. The following criteria must be met:

  1. You are a victim of a violent crime.
  2. You have suffered an injury due to the crime.
  3. The crime occurred in Victoria.
  4. You are a primary, secondary, or related victim.

A primary victim is a person who has suffered directly due to a violent crime. This includes:

  • A violent crime committed against him or her.
  • Trying to arrest someone he/she believes, on reasonable grounds, has committed a violent crime.
  • Trying to prevent the commission of a violent crime.
  • Trying to aid or rescue someone he/she believes is the victim of a violent crime.

A secondary victim is a person who is injured due to:

  • Being present at the scene of a violent crime and witnessing that crime.
  • Subsequently becoming aware of a violent crime where he/she is the parent/guardian of the primary victim who was under the age of 18 at the time the criminal act was committed.

What Financial Assistance is Available?

The financial assistance you can claim from VOCAT is determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, you can claim for:

  • Reasonable counselling expenses to help you cope with the emotional impact of the crime.
  • Medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury sustained during the crime.
  • Funeral expenses if you are a family member of a deceased victim.
  • Lost earnings if you are unable to work due to the crime.

Time Limits for Applications:

The application for financial assistance should be made within TWO years after the violent crime. However, the 2-year time limit does not apply to applications where the applicant was under 18 and was a victim of sexual and physical abuse.

If it has been more than 2 years since you were a victim of a violent crime, we may still be able to make an application on your behalf and apply for a time extension. The Tribunal usually errs on the side of granting an extension, so do not hesitate to contact us, even if it has been more than 2 years since the violent crime occurred.

No Legal Fee's

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At Mayek Legal, we understand that financial burden should not be an additional concern for victims of crime. That’s why we offer to make the application for financial assistance on your behalf and you do not have to pay any legal fees. Our fees will be paid by the Tribunal. However, you may have to pay for disbursements, such as costs incurred in obtaining medical reports or evidence, which are usually nominal.

Contact Mayek Legal for Expert Assistance:

If you have been a victim of a violent crime in Victoria, Mayek Legal is here to provide you with the help you need to claim financial assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). Our team of experienced lawyers understands the intricacies of VOCAT applications and will provide you with expert legal representation every step of the way.

We will guide you through the process, ensuring that all required documents are prepared and submitted accurately and on time, representing you at VOCAT hearings, and advocating for your rights and interests.

Our goal is to help you obtain the financial assistance you deserve for the physical, emotional, and financial impact you have suffered as a victim of crime. You can trust Mayek Legal to provide you with compassionate and personalised legal services as we work diligently to pursue the compensation you are entitled to from VOCAT.

Contact us today for a consultation and let us help you navigate the VOCAT process with expertise and care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It's important to note that AVO matters can be complex and the answers provided do not constitute legal advice. It's important to note that it's essential to seek qualified legal advice from a qualified lawyer at Mayek Legal or another reputable traffic law practice in Melbourne.
What is VOCAT?

VOCAT stands for Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. It is a government-funded tribunal in Victoria, Australia that provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes to help with their recovery and rehabilitation.

Who can apply for financial assistance from VOCAT?

Any person who has been a victim of a violent crime in Victoria, including primary, secondary, and related victims, can apply for financial assistance from VOCAT.

What types of crimes are eligible for financial assistance from VOCAT?

VOCAT provides financial assistance for a wide range of violent crimes, including but not limited to assault, sexual assault, family violence, homicide, and robbery.

What kind of financial assistance can I claim from VOCAT?

VOCAT provides financial assistance for various expenses incurred as a result of the crime, such as reasonable counseling expenses, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost earnings.

Do I need a lawyer to apply for financial assistance from VOCAT?

While you are not required to have a lawyer to apply for financial assistance from VOCAT, it is highly recommended to seek legal representation to ensure your rights are protected and to navigate the complex VOCAT process.

How long do I have to apply for financial assistance from VOCAT?

In general, the application should be made within two years after the violent crime. However, there are exceptions for victims who were under 18 at the time of the crime, and time extensions may be available in certain circumstances.

What if it has been more than two years since the crime occurred?

If it has been more than two years since the crime occurred, you may still be able to apply for financial assistance from VOCAT. It is recommended to seek legal advice and assistance to explore options for obtaining a time extension.

Do I have to pay legal fees to apply for financial assistance from VOCAT?

Mayek Legal, in most cases, does not charge any legal fees to assist you with your VOCAT application. The fees are generally paid by VOCAT. However, you may be responsible for disbursements, which are nominal expenses incurred in obtaining medical reports or evidence.

What can Mayek Legal do to help me with my VOCAT application?

Mayek Legal can provide expert legal representation and guide you through the entire VOCAT process. This includes preparing and submitting all necessary documents, representing you at VOCAT hearings, and advocating for your rights and interests to help you obtain the financial assistance you deserve.

How can I contact Mayek Legal for assistance with my VOCAT application?

You can contact Mayek Legal by calling us or booking an appointment online. Our experienced lawyers are ready to provide you with expert assistance in claiming financial assistance from VOCAT and helping you through the process.

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