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Making a claim

You can prepare your own application for Victims of Crime Assistance, by completing a Victims of Crime Assistance Application Form (DOC, 17 pages)

Please give as much detail as you can about the date of the offence, the police station it was reported to, the name of the investigating officer, the name of the offender (if known), as well as how the crime has affected you.

Once an application has been received, a Criminal Injuries Compensation Commissioner will review the documentation and decide if your application meets legislative requirements and if any other documents are required.

Victims Support Services will let you know if any further documents are needed.  For example, you may need to provide supporting information such as a report from a psychologist, doctor or dentist, which outlines the injuries you have sustained.

If required, Victims Support Services will obtain information from Tasmania Police or the courts on your behalf.

Allow at least 9 months for your application to be processed. This will depend on the availability of police files, medical reports and other substantiating information.

Sometimes you may also have to wait for the outcome of the case in the court.

Not all applications for Victims of Crime Assistance are accepted.

Recovery from the Offender

The Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1976 states that when the Offender has been convicted of an offence for which an award of compensation has been made, then the Commissioner must order the Offender to repay the whole amount of the award back to the Crown.

The Offender can object to this order. If they do, and if the offender requests it they are allowed to be provided with all the information the Commissioner relied on to make the award. This includes your application and any supporting material such as medical and psychological reports, income details and expenses incurred by you.