The Queensland Government provides financial assistance to eligible victims of crime to pay for or reimburse the costs of goods and services you need as a victim to recover from the effects of a violent crime.
If you were the victim of an act of violence that happened on or after 1 December 2009, you can obtain your financial assistance without first having to go to court. If the act of violence happened before 1 December 2009, you will not be able to bring a claim until:
•The offender is convicted in the District/Supreme Court; or
•You’re notified that the offender cannot be convicted.
The “violent crime” has to have occurred in QLD and must have resulted in your suffering physical or psychological injury.
A violent crime is an act of violence that causes injury to at least one person. It includes:
•Grievous bodily harm
•Kidnapping/deprivation of liberty
•Death caused by dangerous driving.
This basically refers to any of the following:
•Adverse impacts arising from sexual assault
•A combination of these injuries, including resulting pregnancy.
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