How To Apply for Indiana Crime Victim Compensation

Compensation for Victims of Crime How To Apply for Indiana Crime Victim Compensation

How To Apply for Indiana Crime Victim Compensation in Five Minutes

Being a victim of a violent crime or a family member of a victim usually carries numerous challenges. Healing from physical and psychological injuries isn’t the only difficulty victims and their dependents encounter. 

If you’ve ever been a violent crime victim, you know how quickly crime-related costs can pile up. All U.S. states—including Indiana—have funds for violent crime victims to help affected residents deal with any unexpected cost caused by a crime.

If you’d like to learn how to apply for Indiana crime victim compensation, DoNotPay is here to provide the easiest solution. Register for DoNotPay and request the reimbursement of your crime-related expenses in a matter of minutes!


Learn All About the Victim Compensation Fund in Indiana

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has created the Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund (VCVF) to provide financial aid for crime-related costs to:

  1. Innocent victims injured in an eligible violent crime that took place in Indiana
  2. Family members or dependents of homicide victims
  3. Individuals who got injured trying to prevent a crime or help the police 

Some of the crimes you can get reimbursement for are:

If you’re an Indiana resident who was a victim of a crime in another state, you should apply for the victim compensation program of the state where the crime happened.

The Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund is the payer of last resort for all crime-related expenses except for forensic exams of sexual assault victims. Before you apply for the program, check if your collateral sources—such as Medicaid, Medicare, insurance, and similar—can cover the crime-related costs. The VCVF will pay only the expenses that other sources can’t cover.

The program receives the money from:

Indiana Victim Compensation Eligibility Requirements

Are you wondering whether you qualify for crime victim compensation in Indiana? Consult the following table to find out!

Eligible Victims Not Eligible Victims
You will get victim compensation if you:

  • Have incurred at least $100 of crime-related costs
  • Have reported the incident to the police in the first 72 hours
  • Cooperate with the proper law enforcement authorities during investigation and prosecution 
  • Apply for crime victim compensation within 180 days of the crime
The Fund won’t cover your costs if you:

  • Weren’t injured during the crime
  • Took part in the crime that caused your injuries
  • Suffered injuries while in prison
  • Didn’t report the crime in the first 72 hours
  • Were a victim of a hit-and-run accident or a car accident where the other driver wasn’t intoxicated
  • Have a net worth of over $200,000
  • Don’t apply for compensation within 180 days of the incident

Victims of sexual assault who want to get only their forensic exam costs covered don’t have to report the crime to the police.

File for Indiana Crime Victim Compensation in a Few Clicks With DoNotPay

You have a few traditional options to choose from when applying for crime victim compensation in Indiana. You can apply:

  1. By filling out an online victim compensation application form
  2. Via mail
  3. In person
  4. Via fax

Since all of these options can be time-consuming and confusing for most victims, DoNotPay has created a more convenient and efficient solution. We will help you apply for crime victim compensation in a flash and explain everything about various crime victim compensation funds, including:

To apply for the Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund’s program in under five minutes, follow these steps:

  1. Access DoNotPay
  2. Open the Compensation for Crime Victims product
  3. Let us know whether you’re the victim or a family member of the victim
  4. Answer our questions and verify your signature

Once you click on Submit, we will fill out all the required forms and send them to Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. 

You can use DoNotPay’s product to apply for crime victim compensation in any other state, including:

What Crime-Related Costs Does the Indiana Victim Assistance Fund Cover?

The Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund covers up to $15,000 of crime-related expenses per claim. You can check out the table below to see which costs are covered by the Fund:

Compensable Expenses Highest Compensable Amounts
Mental health counseling with a licensed professional $3,000
Funeral (+ burial or cremation) costs $5,000
Medical exams, prescriptions, treatments, and similar

Not specified

Lost wages or support
Child care services
Attorney fees
Emergency shelter services

The Fund doesn’t cover the following expenses:

  • Property loss and damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Travel costs for court proceedings or to attend funeral services
  • Relocation costs
  • Rent
  • Food
  • Utility costs
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Burial clothing
  • Funeral flowers
  • Food for the wake

Discover What Happens After You Apply for the Violent Crime Victim Fund in Indiana

When you send your application, the program staff will review it and, potentially, request additional info or documents. Once they decide if you’re eligible for reimbursement, they will notify you by mail or email. 

In case you’re not content with the staff’s decision, you can request an administrative hearing within 30 days of being informed about the outcome of your application.

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