You witness or are affected by a violent act
You can claim up to a maximum of $40,000 for injuries which can include up to $10,000 for financial loss.
Witnessing or being affected by a violent act is known as being a secondary victim.
There is one amount of $40,000 for all secondary victims of the same violent act. If there is more than one victim, the money is shared.
Find out more about the rules for what you can claim by reading the Victims of Crime Assistance Act.
When you can apply
You can claim if any of the following happen:
- you were at the scene of a violent act and suffered a mental injury after witnessing the act
- you are a child under 18 years old, stepchild or under the guardianship of the victim, and suffered a mental injury after becoming aware of the act of violence
- you are a parent, step-parent or guardian of a child under 18 who was a victim, and suffered a mental injury after becoming aware of the violent act.
Documents you will need
You must submit all of the following:
- completed secondary victim application form
- receipts, quotes and copies of pay-slips if you are claiming for expenses or loss of earnings.
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.