Learn All About Crime Victims Compensation in Delaware

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Learn All About Crime Victims Compensation in Delaware

The road to recovery for victims of violent crimes and their loved ones is long. Financial issues caused by a crime can make the healing process much slower. Are you a victim of a crime that took place in Delaware? If paying the crime-related costs represents a struggle for you, consider applying for crime victims compensation in Delaware.

DoNotPay is here to help you in less than five minutes. We can help victims of any violent crime—including assaults, terrorist attacks, and domestic violence—get financial assistance as quickly as possible.

Delaware Victims Compensation Assistance Program Explained

The Delaware Department of Justice helps crime victims and their dependents deal with various costs caused by violent crimes through the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP). Some of the violent crimes that the program covers are:

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • Sexual abuse and assault

The VCAP receives funding for crime victims from three sources:

  1. Offenders fees and fines (18%)
  2. Sex-offense conviction fines (for forensic exams):
    • Misdemeanors—$50
    • Felonies—$100
  3. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant

Before you apply for the Victims Compensation Assistance Program, make sure you’ve used your insurance, Medicaid, donations, and other sources first. The program is the payer of last resort, which means that it only covers the expenses that other collateral sources can’t.

Find Out if You Qualify for Victims Compensation in DE

To be eligible to apply for crime victims compensation in Delaware, you have to:

  • Have suffered physical or mental trauma in a compensable crime that happened in Delaware
  • Have filed a police report in the first 72 hours
  • Cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation and prosecution
  • File your VCAP application within a year of the incident
  • Cooperate with the program staff and provide all info they request

Both the reporting and filing period requirement can be waived in some cases, depending on the circumstances of a crime.

If you have contributed to your injuries by participating in illegal activity, you won’t get the reimbursement.

DoNotPay Helps You Apply for Victims Compensation in Delaware Hassle-Free!

While some people aren’t aware of the crime victims compensation programs, most of them avoid applying because of the complicated application process. DoNotPay makes sure all violent crime victims get their rightful compensation so that they can rebuild their lives without worrying about the financial repercussions of the crime.

Our app enables an easy and quick application for all violent crime victims. With us, you can apply for the Victims Compensation Assistance Program in Delaware in a few clicks by following these steps:

  1. Open the Compensation for Crime Victims product
  2. Let us know whether you’re:
    • The victim
    • A family member or dependent of the victim
  3. Answer our chatbot’s questions about the crime and the expenses you have to cover
  4. Verify your signature

DoNotPay will fill out your application automatically and send it to the right office. With us, you can apply for crime victims compensation programs in any state, including:

Learn What Happens After You Submit Your VCAP Application

When you file your application, VCAP staff will request police reports and other necessary documentation to check if your application is valid. The processing time is different for each claim, and it depends on:

  • How complete and accurate your application is
  • How much time the staff needs to collect additional documents

As soon as the program staff makes a decision, you’ll be notified with a letter that will also list the approved payments. Should you disagree with the staff’s decision, you can either request a reconsideration or file an appeal.

Which Costs Are Covered by the DE Victims Compensation Assistance Program?

The highest compensable amount that a victim or another claimant can get is $25,000, with the additional $25,000 for totally and permanently disabled victims. The Victims Compensation Assistance Program in Delaware covers the following costs:

Covered ExpensesCompensation Cap
Medical examsNot specified
Mental health counseling for victims and family membersNot specified
Short-term mental health counseling for children who are victims or witnesses (through a separate application procedure)$1,200
Lost wagesUp to the highest compensable amount
Lost supportUp to the highest compensable amount in the case of homicide

$3,000 for other crimes

Funeral$6,000 for funeral

$1,000 for plot

$750 for opening and closing a grave

$750 for a grave marker

Relocation expenses for domestic violence victims$1,500 for temporary housing
Travel for medical exams and mental health counseling if a victim needs to travel more than 10 miles roundtrip Not specified
Crime scene cleanup$1,000
Replacement of items that are kept as evidence (e.g., clothing, car, and similar)Not specified
Attorney fees$1,000

The VCAP also covers the costs of forensic exams for sexual assault victims through a separate process (outside of regular application procedure).

The program doesn’t cover the costs for pain and suffering or lost, stolen, and damaged property.

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