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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?

  • Primary victim – this is the person who was injured as a direct result of the crime.
  • Responsible person – this is a person who is financially responsible for looking after a primary victim, such as the parent of a child victim. 
  • 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?

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter 
  • Grievous bodily harm offences
  • Wounding
  • Assault offences
  • Actual bodily harm offences
  • Endangering life
  • Endangering health
  • Culpable driving
  • Threat to kill
  • Demands with threats
  • Forcible confinement
  • Stalking
  • Torture
  • Abduction of young person
  • Kidnapping
  • 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
  • Incest
  • Abduction
  • Female genital mutilation offences
  • Sexual servitude offences
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Robbery