Innocent victims of crime may be eligible for financial help with many of the expenses that are a result of their victimization.
The Crime Victim Compensation Fund was established to help crime victims and uses only fines and penalties collected from convicted defendants (no tax moneys) to help with crime-related personal and financial hardships.
Losses from the crime may be compensated even if the suspect is never identified or if a case is not prosecuted.
The Program is housed within the District Attorney’s Office, but we are a separate and confidential program. Please send any documentation for your claim directly to us (ATTN: Crime Victim Compensation) and not the District Attorney’s Office.
Primary and Secondary victims of crime who meet the program’s eligibility requirements:
NOTE: As Crime Victim Compensation is a limited fund, certain needs cannot be addressed through this program. This includes automobile expenses, replacement of personal property, and reimbursement for stolen money and monies for “pain and suffering”.
What is Eligible?
- Medical Expenses
- Short term assistance with lost wages or lost support
- Mental health expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Residential break-in damage (i.e. replacement windows, doors, locks, etc.)
- Residential safety improvements (i.e. re-keying locks, installing deadbolts, re-keying car doors, etc.)
- Other eligible costs related to immediate safety needs
Who Decides and When Will I Know?
All awards are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board, a group of local volunteers who meet once per month to review claims and make award decisions. Once all necessary information, including an application, insurance statements, bills, receipts, etc. are received, the Board will usually make a decision about funds within 30 – 45 days. Once the decision to award or deny assistance is made, a written notice will be sent to the claimant.