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Recognition payments

    Who is eligible?

    Primary victims of an act of violence are eligible to apply for a lump sum payment to a primary victim to acknowledge the trauma suffered.

    How long do I have to claim?

    Within two years of the incident or for children, within two years of turning 18.

    Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence can claim up to 10 years from the offence.

    No time limit applies to victims of sexual assault that were under 18 at the time of the incident

    How much will I get?

    The total amount is based on the nature of the offence
    $15,000 (Financially dependent family of homicide victim.)
    $7500 ( Non-financially dependent parents of homicide victim)


    • Sexual assault involving serious bodily injury, multiple offenders or use of an offensive weapon.
    • Pattern of sexual or indecent assault / attempted sexual assault involving violence


    • Sexual assault
    • Attempted sexual assault involving serious bodily injury
    • grievous bodily harm
    • Pattern of physical assault of a child


    • Indecent assault
    • Attempted sexual assault involving violence
    • Robbery
    • Assault

    What do I need to provide in support of my claim?

    To support the application, you need to provide a police report or report from a government agency, such as DOCS or NSW Housing AND a medical, dental or counselling report verifying that you have been injured (physical or psychological) as a result of the act of violence.

    Will the offender know about the application?

    If the offender was convicted of a criminal offence and you receive a recognition payment we will take action to recover the amount from the offender. Some information may need to be made available to the offender.

    Where can I get help with my claim?

    If you need assistance, you can contact the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063 to be allocated a Support Coordinator who will help you with your claim and getting evidence.

    For further information about the other types of support available and eligibility, please call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.