Monday, July 04, 2011

QLD Victims of Crime

Queensland has a (relatively) new scheme for compensating victims of crime. Unless corresponding schemes in Victoria and NSW, the QLD scheme isn’t so much compensation as reimbursement. To quote from their official guide:

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.

Violent Crime

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:

•Sexual assault/rape
•Grievous bodily harm
•Domestic/family violence
•Kidnapping/deprivation of liberty
•Death caused by dangerous driving.


This basically refers to any of the following:

•Intellectual impairment
•Mental illness/disorder
•Bodily harm
•Adverse impacts arising from sexual assault
•A combination of these injuries, including resulting pregnancy.

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