To be eligible for assistance:
- the injury must have been sustained in the ACT after 30th June 1983;
- the crime must be defined as a violent crime under Section 3 of the Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Act 1983;
- the crime must have been reported to police, but it is not necessary for a person to be charged or convicted of the offence.
Who can apply?
- A Primary victim – this is the person who was injured as a direct result of the crime.
- A Responsible person – this is a person who is financially responsible for looking after a primary victim, such as the parent of a child victim.
- A Related victim – where a primary victim died as a direct result of the crime, a related victim is a person who was a close family member, dependant of the primary victim, or had an intimate personal relationship with the primary victim at the time of the death.
- An Eligible Property Owner – this is a person whose property was damaged while the person was assisting a police officer to prevent a crime, arrest a suspected criminal or assist another victim of crime.
What is a violent crime?
- Grievous bodily harm offences
- Assault offences
- Actual bodily harm offences
- Endangering life
- Endangering health
- Culpable driving
- Threat to kill
- Demands with threats
- Forcible confinement
- Abduction of young person
- Unlawfully taking child
- Exposing or abandoning child
- Child destruction
- Childbirth—grievous bodily harm
- Sexual assault offences
- Sexual intercourse without consent
- Sexual intercourse with young person
- Maintaining a sexual relationship with young person
- Indecency offences
- Female genital mutilation offences
- Sexual servitude offences
- Aggravated Robbery