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