Purpose:‘Victims support’ describes the package of counselling services, financial support and recognition payment available to victims of violent crime in New South Wales through the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (‘the Act’).
Amount: The complete victims support package consists of:
- 22 hours of free counselling and more if needed.
- Financial Support:
- Financial assistance for immediate needs (up to $5000) for expenses incurred urgently to secure the victim’s safety, health and well being.
- Financial assistance for economic losses, including out of pocket expenses, loss of actual earnings, medical and dental expenses, justice-related expenses, and assistance relating to the loss of or damage to personal effects such as clothing.
- Recognition payment:
- Fixed payments of $1,500 to $15,000 to recognise the trauma caused to the victim and the offence or offences committed against them.