Under the Victims’ Support Scheme, victims of violent crime are entitled to claim victim support and compensation if they have sustained physical and/or psychological injuries as a direct consequence of the crime. This applies to people that have directly sustained psychological or psychiatric injuries as a result of witnessing a crime. Immediate family members of a person who has died as a result of a violent act can also claim support. In addition, parents and guardians of an injured child can apply for support.
More specifically, Primary, secondary and family victims are entitled to claim victim support and compensation.
A primary victim is a person who is injured, or dies as a direct result of a violent act. A primary victim is also someone that is injured or dies while intervening in a violent crime; for instance, while trying to stop another person from engaging in a violent act, or trying to rescue a victim.
A secondary victim is a person who is injured as a direct result of witnessing a violent act against the primary victim(s). A secondary victim is also a parent or guardian who was psychologically injured as a result of becoming aware of the injury or death their biological child or child within their care.
A family victim is a member of the immediate family (e.g. spouse, de facto partner, parent, guardian, step-parent, child, step-child, sibling) of a primary victim who has died or has been injured as a direct result of a violent act.
If you are a primary, secondary, or family victim, Wyatts Compensation Lawyers can explain your rights as a victim and provide you with essential legal advice. If you are uncertain as to whether you are eligible to claim compensation under this scheme, please contact Wyatts for a thorough and personalised consultation.