Monday, 14 November 2016

The Commission welcomes new accessible website to support victims of crime

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website upgrade, which will allow victims of crime to easily access and submit application forms when applying for a range of support services.

People with disabilities, such as visual or physical impairments, will be able to use its features and functions. The accessibility improvements make it easier for people to navigate the site when using a mobile and tablet device, and it provides information in languages other than English.

The new VOCAT website will also make it easier for Victorians living in rural and regional areas by allowing them to access information and submit forms online.

It addresses themes raised in the recently published Access to Justice Review which encourages courts to make better use of technology to assist people to access information about legal issues.

VOCAT was established 19 years ago and has received more than 86,000 applications for financial assistance and awarded $693 million to victims of crime.