Crime Victims Assistance
Victims of violent offences, in the Northern Territory, are eligible to apply for Crime Victims Assistance (CVA).
This is financial assistance initiated by the NT Government to assist victims of crime in regaining control of their lives.
Who is eligible this assistance?
You may apply for the financial assistance or Crime Victims Assistance if you are:
- A victim of an offence and you are/were physically or mentally injured,
- A dependant relative of a person killed as a result of an offence and you have suffered financial loss, or
- A widow/er, defacto partner, or parent of a child under 18 years killed as a result of an offence and have suffered grief
Being a victim of a violent act also includes someone injured because they:
- Are present at the scene and witness the offence;
- Try to rescue another person or
- Try to stop the violent act from taking place
Can I Make a Claim for Assistance?
A claim for assistance can be made whether or not a person has been charged or convicted of the offence. The scheme only applies for offences committed in the Northern Territory.
To be eligible you must have reported the crime to the police and assisted them in the crime’s investigation and the prosecution of the offender(s).
Note: You may be refused assistance if the violent act cannot be proved.
Generally, the time from lodgment of the claim until the day it is finalised varies from 2 months to 7 months.
Financial Assistance Payments
Financial assistance is available for:
- Injuries received as a result of a violent act, including psychological injuries
- Loss of earnings;
- Medical expenses you have paid, or will need to pay; and
- Other expenses such as the cost of travel to medical appointments and damage to your personal items.
How do I make an Application for Financial Assistance?
Application forms are free and there is no charge for lodging an application.
You should make your application for assistance within 24 months from the date that the offence was committed. If this period has expired, your application may still be considered depending on your reasons for the delay. Adults who have experienced abuse as a child may apply for assistance beyond this timeframe due to their age at the time of the offence.
Request an Application Form
Phone: 1800 460 363 or (08) 89357777 (for interstate callers)
Write to: Crime Victims Services Unit, GPO Box 1722, Darwin, NT, 0801
In Person: Level 1, Darwin Central, 21 Knuckey Street, Darwin.