Family Violence and the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996: First Consultation Paper

In December 2016 the Attorney-General asked the Commission to review the provision of state-funded financial assistance to victims of family violence under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996.

This consultation paper provides information about the current operation of the Act and asks a number of questions. The Commission would like to hear the views of the public on what changes should be made to the Act to better assist victims of family violence to rebuild their lives and recover.

The Commission has been asked to review and report on:

  • the eligibility test and whether it should be expanded;
  • whether the amount of compensation awarded reflects the cumulative impact of family violence;
  • the requirement to notify perpetrators; and
  • the matters giving rise to refusal of application.

Download a pdf or Word version of the consultation paper from the link below. You can also download a short summary of the issues.

Please note that on 7 July 2017 the Commission received supplementary terms of reference from the Attorney-General. An additional consultation paper will be published at the end of August 2017.

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