Crime Victims Compensation Guidelines
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Crime Victims Compensation Guidelines

Who may be eligible to receive reimbursement for expenses:
  • Victims injured as result of violent crime.
  • Dependents of homicide victims.
  • Claimants responsible for crime victims’ expenses, such as parents or guardians.
Who may not be eligible to receive reimbursement for expenses:
  • Offenders or accomplices of offenders.
  • Victims whose crimes are not reported to law enforcement.
  • Victims who do not fully cooperate with law enforcement.
  • Victims who committed criminal or tortious acts that contributed to their injuries.
Reimbursement can cover:
  • Medical and related expenses.
  • Counseling for immediate family members of victims of homicide, sexual assault, or domestic violence.
  • Wages lost because of the crime.
  • Crime scene cleanup for personal security, such as doors and windows.
  • The cost to replace items taken as evidence.
  • The cost to replace items of clothing damaged as a result of medical treatment or assessment.
  • Reimbursement for hearing aids, eyeglasses or other vision aids, dental appliances, teeth or other dental aids, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and other mobility equipment.
  • Lost wages and travel expenses for family members of a deceased victim to attend court proceedings.
  • Financial support for dependents of a deceased victim.
  • Funeral and burial expenses.

The maximum total payments are limited to $50,000, and several expenses have caps. Payments cannot be made for pain and suffering or for stolen, damaged, or lost property.

The Attorney General’s Office will not reimburse victims for expenses that can be covered by any other available sources, such as insurance.

Changes to the compensation program, as of March 2, 2022:
  • A claim must be filed within 3 years of the date of the crime on which it is based, unless the claimant is a minor.
  • If the claimant is a minor then he or she has until their 24th birthday to file an application.
  • Criminal backgrounds are no longer considered disqualifiers.
  • Possession of a felony drug at the time of the underlying incident is no longer a disqualifier.
  • Applicants who were previously disqualified based on their criminal background or drug possession may refile their application, provided that the date of the underlying crime was no more than 3 years from reapplication.