What conditions apply to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund?

The following conditions apply:

  • The crime must have been reported to the police within 48 hours (unless the Commission finds there was good cause for a longer delay).
  • The crime victim must have cooperated with the investigation and court proceedings against the defendant(s).
  • The crime victim must not have caused the injury or been doing something illegal or dangerous at the time of the injury.
  • The person filing the claim can not be criminally responsible for the crime, be an accomplice, or have contributed to the infliction of the injury.
  • The person filing the claim cannot be an inmate.
  • The crime victim must have a minimum $200 out-of-pocket medical expense and/or a loss of two continuous weeks of earnings or support.
  • The compensation claim must be filed within 1 year of the crime or 1 year of the victim's death (although other time limits apply when a child is a victim of sexual abuse, or when a crime is discovered by a law enforcement agency where the injury was previously determined to be accidental, of unknown origin, or from natural causes).
  • A deceased victim's immediate family member may file a claim in the victim's place.
  • Expenses or losses that are covered by personal insurance or that can be paid by another source will not be covered.
  • Compensation is limited to medical expenses, funeral costs, counseling, rehabilitation, and loss of earnings or loss of support resulting from an injury which is the direct result of a crime. Property loss is not covered.

Note: The Prosecuting Attorney does not represent the Crime Victim Services Commission. The Prosecuting Attorney cannot waive any requirement of the law or rules of the Commission.

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1. What is the Crime Victim Compensation Fund?
2. What compensation may be awarded?
3. What losses are not covered?
4. Where does the money come from?
5. Am I a "crime victim"?
6. Does the Crime Victim Compensation Fund only apply to "assault" victims?
7. What conditions apply to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund?
8. How do I file a claim?
9. What do I send with my claim?
10. When do I file a claim?
11. Do I need an attorney to file a claim?
12. Is my claim limited because I also have insurance?
13. What happens after a claim is filed?
14. How long does it take for my claim to be reviewed?
15. If my claim is denied, can I appeal?
16. Is my application confidential?