A Detailed Guide to Applying for Vermont Victims Compensation
Surviving a violent crime or being a family member of a homicide victim can leave severe consequences on one’s mental and physical health. Healing takes a lot of time and usually requires pricey medical assistance. Most victims struggle to make ends meet due to various crime-related costs. That’s why all states—including Vermont—have funds dedicated to violent crime victims to help them bear all crime-related expenses.
In this guide, you’ll learn more about Vermont victims compensation and discover the quickest way to apply!
Key Aspects of the Vermont Victims Compensation Program
The State of Vermont established the Victims Compensation Program to provide the much-needed financial help to victims of various violent crimes, such as:
- Assault and battery
- Child abuse
- Driving under the influence
- Domestic violence
- Fraud or financial crimes
- Human trafficking
- Vehicular crimes (including hit and run)
- Sexual abuse
The Victims Compensation Board administers the program. The Board consists of five members—one attorney, one licensed physician, two public members, and the victim or dependent who applied for compensation.
The program gets funding from:
- Offender fees
- A portion of inmate salaries
- The annual Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant
Crime victims compensation programs in all states are payers of last resort—Vermont is no exception. You will get reimbursement from the Board only for the expenses that your other sources—such as Medicaid, Medicare, insurance, restitution, and similar—fail to cover.
Are You Eligible To Apply for Crime Victims Compensation in Vermont?
The Victims Compensation Board in Vermont grants compensation to:
- Victims who suffered physical and psychological trauma due to violent crimes that occurred in Vermont
- Vermont citizens who were victims of:
- Crimes in states that don’t offer crime victims compensation programs
- Terrorist attacks outside of the U.S.
- Family members and dependents of crime victims
To qualify for the Vermont Victims Compensation Program, you must:
- File a police report
- Cooperate with law enforcement
- Be an innocent victim (if you were an accomplice in a crime that caused your injuries, you won’t get compensation)
- Provide the necessary documents upon your application for the crime victims compensation
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DoNotPay—A Quick and Easy Way To Apply for the Victims Compensation Program in Vermont
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- Ask you a few questions about the crime and your expenses
- Complete the necessary application forms according to your answers
- Send the forms to the right office in Vermont
Here are the steps you should follow to apply for the Victims Compensation Program with our help:
- Log in to your DoNotPay account
- Open our Compensation for Crime Victims product
- Indicate whether you’re the victim or a family member of the victim
- Respond to our questions
- Verify your signature
You can use our Compensation for Crime Victims feature to apply for compensation programs in any state, including:
Our product can even help you learn more about various compensation funds. Make sure to check out our articles about the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund or relocation and emergency funds for violent crime victims to see if you’re eligible to apply!
Find Out Which Costs the Victims Compensation Program in Vermont Covers
The highest compensable amount that the Victims Compensation Program grants is $10,000 per crime. While the program covers most crime-related costs, some expenses aren’t considered compensable.
The table below shows which costs are covered by the Victims Compensation Program in Vermont and which ones aren’t:
Sexual Assault Program in Vermont
Are you a victim of sexual assault that took place in Vermont, but you don’t want to report the crime to the police? You can apply for a separate compensation program.
The Sexual Assault Program covers the expenses of the following procedures:
- Collection of evidence
- HIV and STI screening
- Treatment of crime-related injuries
- Pregnancy testing
- Mental health counseling (up to 20 sessions)
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