The purpose of the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program is to provide a method of
compensation for victims of violent crime. All funds come from federal and state
offenders through fines and penalty assessments. An arrest of the offender does
NOT have to take place in order to be eligible to file a claim; however, the victim
and/or claimant is expected to fully cooperate in the apprehension, investigation,
and prosecution of the perpetrator. The claimant is also expected to fully cooperate
with the District Attorney’s Office and Victim’s Compensation Board staff during
the processing of the claim.
Limits of Compensation
The sum of all payments made to individual claimants and service providers on behalf
of one victim may not exceed $20,000. In addition to the initial award of $20,000.00,
an additional $20,000.00 may be available for work loss of loss of support, provided
the incident occurs on or after the legislative date of November 1, 2008. In no
event shall the sum of all payments exceed $40,000.00 after November 1, 2008.
- The crime was reported to law enforcement officials within 72 hours of the incident.
- Claim for compensation is filed within two years of the incident date or death of
victim. For child sexual abuse victims, the claim may be accepted past the two year
- The victim was not the offender or the accomplice.
- Compensation would not benefit the offender or accomplice.
- The victim and/or claimant cooperated fully with the investigation of the incident.
- The victim did not contribute in any way to the injury or death.
- There is out-of-pocket loss as a result of the crime.
Victims Compensation Packet and Forms
VICTIM COMPENSATION INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
PURPOSE AND HISTORY:
The purpose of the Crime Victims Compensation Act is to provide a method of compensation
for the victims of violent crime.
The process begins with the victim or claimant FILLING OUT A CLAIM FORM, and ends
with a decision by the Crime Victims Compensation Board or Administrator.
A list of expenses that the victim will be compensated for including income, future
economic loss, income loss, medical bills and so forth.
The program’s ability to provide financial assistance to crime victims is directly
related to the health of the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund
These links will provide you with information and contacts regarding victim information.
For more information regarding victim compensation, along with other services, please
District Attorney Victim Services website.