A Complete Guide to Applying for Georgia Crime Victims Compensation
Violent crimes are a common occurrence, unfortunately. As if enduring physical injuries and emotional trauma isn’t enough, victims of violent crimes in Georgia have to deal with crime-related expenses.
If you are a victim of a crime or your loved one is, DoNotPay will help you file for Georgia crime victims compensation.
All About the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program
The Georgia General Assembly established the Crime Victims Compensation Program in 1988. The program has two main goals:
- Reimbursing victims for the financial loss that resulted from the crime
- Encouraging victims to cooperate with law enforcement and participate in the criminal justice system
Who Funds the GA Crime Victims Compensation Program?
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is in charge of administering victim compensation to individuals in Georgia.
Like with other victim funds for violent crimes, the main source of funding for the Crime Victims Compensation Program is the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund. Besides the VOCA Fund, the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program uses other sources of funding, including:
- DUI fines
- Parole fees
- Probation fees
Additional Georgia Victims Compensation Programs
Aside from the Crime Victims Compensation Program, there are more specific programs for victims and their families. You can find the brief overview of these programs in the table below:
|Victim Compensation Program||
What Does It Provide?
|Unclaimed Restitution||Access to court-ordered offender’s restitution that you haven’t yet claimed for you or your business|
|DUI Memorial Sign||Reimbursement for putting up a memorial sign in honor of the victim of an impaired driver on the Georgia highways|
|Officers Initiative||Compensation for expenses to law enforcement officers or their families, in case they died or got injured in the line of duty|
|Forensic Interviews||Reimbursement for the expenses of forensic interviews for minors or incapable adults who experienced or witnessed a crime|
|Forensic Medical Examination||Repayment for the forensic medical examination for victims of sexual assaults|
Who Qualifies for the Crime Victims Compensation Program in GA?
You are eligible to obtain victims compensation in Georgia if you:
- Suffered physical injuries or witnessed a crime
- Got hurt while helping a victim
- Suffer severe mental or emotional trauma from being a victim or witnessing a violent crime
- Are a parent or legal guardian of someone killed or injured in a crime
- Are a dependent of someone who was murdered
- Have been paying crime-related bills, but you aren’t the victim
- Are a domestic violence victim who depended on the offender for financial support
- Have a child that was a victim of a violent crime and relied on the offender for financial support
To be considered for reimbursement, you have to report the crime to law enforcement within 72 hours and meet the registration deadlines:
- For crimes before July 1, 2014—you must submit the application within one year of the crime
- For crimes after July 1, 2014—you have to file a claim within three years of the crime or death of the victim. If you are a minor at the time of victimization, you can file a claim within three years after turning 18
The crime victims compensation board in Georgia may extend deadlines for any of these cases if the good cause is shown.
What Does Victims Compensation in Georgia Cover?
Crime victims compensation amounts can vary depending on the costs they cover. The most common expenses and maximum benefits are:
- Medical bills—$15,000
- Funeral and burial costs—$6,000
- Mental health counseling—$3,000
- Lost wages—$10,000
- Loss of support—$10,000
- Crime scene sanitization—$1,500
Compensable crimes may include:
- Sexual offenses
- Child abuse or molestation
- Domestic violence
- Human trafficking
Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program does not compensate expenses caused by identity theft or property crime unless they included other crimes as well.
Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program Application Process
If you experienced or witnessed a violent crime, here is the step-by-step application process:
- Go to the official website of the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program
- Open the Victims Compensation page
- Complete the eligibility quiz
- Download the application
- Read the application instructions
- Complete the application and provide legible signatures
- Provide a copy of the official police report that has the name of the victim or witness
- Send the complete application via mail to the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation office at 104 Marietta Street NW, Suite 440 Atlanta, GA 30303
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- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Locate the Compensation for Crime Victims product
- Define whether you’re the victim or victim’s representative
- Respond to our chatbot’s questions regarding the crime and expenses
- Verify your signature
We will complete your application and file it immediately with the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation office.
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