Immediate financial help

You may be able to apply for immediate help if you are experiencing hardship or unexpected expenses after a crime.

This is also known as out-of-pocket expenses. 

The maximum you can receive as an upfront payment is $5,000.

Find out more about the rules for what you can claim by reading the Victims of Crime Assistance Act.

What you can claim for

You can claim for any of the following:

  • loss of earnings or wages
  • loss or damage to clothing and other belongings - eg: glasses or phone
  • expenses for medical treatment as a result of injuries
  • in rare cases, the cost of relocating or securing your home or business.

If the violent act resulted in death, you can claim for:

  • any funeral or medical expenses of the victim incurred by you
  • payment if you were financially dependent on the victim.

You will need all of the following documents:

How to apply

Submit your application form and any documents listed above to the Crime Victims Services Unit in Darwin by email, post, fax or in person.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017