Recognition payments

Recognition payment forms part of the victim support package and is intended to recognise the trauma suffered by a victim due to the act of violence.  The appropriate category of recognition payment is determined by the nature of the offence or offences committed against a victim during the act of violence and the degree of injury caused.

There are four categories of recognition payment, divided into eleven subcategories. Unlike payments for financial support, recognition payment amounts are prescribed by the Regulation. A category 'A' recognition payment is available to a family victim only. The other three categories are available to primary victims only. The following table details the categories of recognition payment and the prescribed amounts:

CATEGORY

ACT OF VIOLENCE

PRESCRIBED AMOUNT

PAYABLE TO

A

  • Commission of a homicide

$15,000.00

(Where financially dependent)

$7,500.00

(Where parent, step-parent, guardian of primary homicide victim)

Family victims

B
  • A sexual assault resulting in serious bodily injury or which involved an offensive weapon or was carried out by 2 or more persons
  • A sexual assault, indecent assault or attempted sexual assault involving violence that is one of a series of related acts.

$10,000.00

Primary victims

C

  • A sexual assault other than one referred under category B
  • An attempted sexual assault resulting in serious bodily injury
  • An assault resulting in grievous bodily harm
  • Physical assault of a child that is one of a series of related acts

$5,000.00

Primary victims

D

  • An indecent assault
  • An attempted sexual assault involving violence other than that referred to under category C
  • A robbery involving violence
  • An assault (not resulting in grievous bodily harm)

$1,500.00

 

Primary victims