Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

Primary Victim

A primary victim is a person who is injured or dies as a direct result of:  

  • a violent crime committed against him or her;
  • trying to arrest someone he/she believes, on reasonable grounds, has committed a violent crime;
  • trying to prevent the commission of a violent crime; or
  • trying to aid or rescue someone he/she believes is the victim of a violent crime.


A primary victim may be awarded up to $60,000 in financial assistance,  to cover reasonable expenses incurred (or likely to be incurred) in recovering from the crime for:  

  • reasonable counselling expenses;
  • medical expenses incurred as a direct result of the violent crime;
  • reasonable safety-related expenses;
  • loss of earnings of up to $20,000 for a period of not more than 2 years from the crime;
  • loss of or damage to clothing worn at the time of the violent crime; and
  • other expenses actually and reasonably incurred, or likely to be incurred, by the victim to assist in his/her recovery from the violent crime.

In addition, the Tribunal may make an award of special financial assistance of up to $10,000 to a primary victim who has suffered a significant adverse effect as a result of a crime being committed against them.  Awards of special financial assistance provide the Tribunal with the opportunity to make a payment to a victim on behalf of the community in recognition of the harm suffered by the victim as a direct result of a crime of violence.  Further information is available on the Special Financial Assistance page.


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Last Reviewed 26 Sep 2016