Under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act, victims of a violent crime by one person against another may be able to claim for financial assistance through the government if they are unable to recover monies from the offender.
Victims Support Services processes applications for Victims of Crime Assistance.
The role of Victims Support Services is to:
- liaise with applicants and keep them informed as to the progress of an application
- provide administrative support to the Commissioners
Independent Criminal Injuries Compensation Commissioners decide whether compensation is appropriate and determine the level of financial assistance to be awarded.