Crime Victim Compensation Programs Across The Country Offer Important Financial Assistance To Victims Of Violence

The Following Overview Provides Information On How The Programs Operate And What Victims Can Do To Seek Help

Funding & Fund Recovery

  • Report the crime promptly to law enforcement (many states have a 72-hour standard, but nearly all states have “good cause” exceptions applied liberally to children, incapacitated victims, and in other special circumstances)
  • Cooperate with police and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of the case (again, some states can make exceptions)
  • Submit a timely application to the compensation program, (generally one year from the date of the crime, though a number of states have longer time frames, and most can waive these requirements when appropriate) and provide other information as requested by the program
  • Have a cost or loss not covered by insurance or some other readily available collateral source
  • Be innocent of criminal activity or significant misconduct that caused or contributed to the victim’s injury or death
  • Medical expenses
  • Mental health counseling
  • Lost wages for victims unable to work because of crime-related injury
  • Lost support for dependents of homicide victims
  • Funeral expenses
  • Moving or relocation expenses, often limited only to instances where the victim is in imminent physical danger, or if the move is medically necessary (because of severe emotional trauma from sex assault, for example)
  • Transportation to medical providers, usually limited to occasions when the provider is located in a place distant from the victim’s residence, or when other special circumstances exist
  • Replacement services for work the victim is unable to perform because of crime-related injury (primarily child care and housekeeping), sometimes limited to payments to non-family members
  • Crime-scene cleanup, or the cost of securing a home or restoring it to its pre-crime condition
  • Rehabilitation, which may include physical therapy and/or job therapy
  • Modifications to homes or vehicles for paralyzed victims
  • Fees for attorneys who help victims apply, usually in limited amounts and sometimes only for appeals