Victims of Crime Compensation

This is a free service and there is no costs to victims of crime

Compensation for Victims of Crime

Our firm assists victims in making a claim for compensation under the Victims of Crime scheme. The Victims of Crime scheme in South Australia compensates people who are injured by a crime. This can include but is not limited to a person who is physically or sexually assaulted, robbed or a victim of home invasion. The scheme gives consideration to physical and psychological injuries as well as financial loss.

It is important to note that the scheme does not compensate for property loss or damage as a result of a crime.

The Crown Solicitor’s Office assess each application individually and make an offer of compensation in line with the relevant legislation. The maximum amount of compensation payable under the current legislation is $100,000.00. The maximum amount available is dependent upon when the offending took place.

Victims of Crime scheme process

The process can be broken down into two steps – eligibility and impact.

Once you make contact with our firm and discuss your eligibility under the relevant legislation we will then commence your claim (if eligible). What this means is we will contact the Crown Solicitor’s Office and advise them of details pertaining to the offending which allows them to obtain the relevant information from Police and/or the Courts, this includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Full name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Offence date;
  • Offence type;
  • Offender/s name/s;
  • Police report number; and
  • Identification documents.

Evidence required for Victims of Crime scheme

Once the Crown has received all relevant documentation from SAPOL and/or the Courts they are able to determine your eligibility and accept or decline your application.

After the Crown accepts your claim it is then our job to obtain the evidence to support your application. This may include but is not limited to the following;

  • Medical reports;
  • Hospital records;
  • School or study records;
  • Tax records;
  • Photographs.

Our firm uses all relevant documentation to formulate your application and request an offer of compensation from the Crown. It is important to obtain all relevant evidence and documentation to ensure the Crown are able to assess your claim adequately.

Throughout the process the victim does not need to attend Court and does not have any further contact with the offender.

Get in touch with us today to find out if you could be entitled to compensation

Fletchers Lawyers is the only law firm in South Australia devoted exclusively to the provision of representation in victims of crime compensation claims.