Criminal Injuries Compensation


Overview:

Criminal injury compensation is compensation for the injuries victims of crime receive as a result of violence committed directly against them (known as a personal indictable offence). If you have suffered injuries as a result of an offence you may be eligible to claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act.

The WA Government's Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme enables victims of crime to apply for compensation for injury or loss as a result of an offence or alleged offence. You may be eligible to claim compensation if you are either:

  • a victim of an offence and are injured and/or experience financial loss as a result of the injury, or
  • a close relative of a person killed as a result of an offence and experience financial loss as a result of that offence.

Compensation may cover things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income, medical or psychological expenses, and other incidental expenses. You have three years from the date of the offence (or last offence) to lodge an application, but extensions may be granted if written reasons for the delay are supplied with your application.

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Legal Assistance:

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