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Special Assistance 

 Special Assistance is a financial lump sum amount that can be awarded for ‘pain and suffering’. The following are entitled to apply for Special Assistance:

  • A primary victim who sustains an extremely serious and permanent injury may receive an award for special assistance of a flat payment of $30,000.
  • A primary victim of a sexual offence may be awarded special assistance in an amount determined by the Court up to a maximum of $50,000.
  • People who are related victims in a homicide matter may be awarded special assistance from a pool of $30,000.

What is an extremely serious injury?

An extremely serious injury is defined as an injury consisting of the loss or impairment of a bodily function, disfigurement or a mental or emotional disturbance or disorder, where the injury:

  • is permanent; and
  • is extremely serious and will always be extremely serious; and
  • causes a great and permanent reduction in the victim’s quality of life.

An application for special assistance for an extremely serious permanent psychological injury must be supported by a psychologist’s report outlining the details of the injury.

Special assistance for victims of sexual offences consists of an amount for ‘pain and suffering’ that is a financial lump sum award. An application for special assistance must be supported by a report from a psychologist outlining the impact the crime has had on the victim.