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Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996

Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996

By Family Law Section

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The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) has prepared a submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission regarding awareness and accessibility of VOCAT, VOCAT requirements and time frames and the therapeutic value of VOCAT.

 
The submission focuses on the need for increased training to help professionals in the broader family violence system to identify when and where a victim is or may be eligible for financial assistance through VOCAT; how the current two-year time limit for making a VOCAT application poses a significant barrier for victims of family violence and how the therapuetic values of VOCAT should continue to be prioritised and acknowledged as of paramount importace for victims of family violence and crimes more broadly. 
 
Read the submission here (PDF) 

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