How To Complete Victims Compensation Forms Quickly and Hassle-Free
As a victim of violent crime or a dependent of a victim, you’re probably dealing with medical, funeral, counseling, and other crime-related expenses. While all U.S. states have funds for violent crime victims dedicated to covering some of the costs, the application process can be rather lengthy. The last thing you want is to waste hours trying to complete numerous victims compensation forms. The good news is—you don’t have to.
What Are Crime Victims Compensation Programs?
Each state provides financial assistance to violent crime victims through its crime victims compensation (CVC) program. The purpose of CVC programs is to reimburse victims for the crime-related expenses that can’t be covered by other sources, such as restitution, insurance, and donations.
The states get funding for their CVC programs from felony, misdemeanor, and other offender fees, as well as the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. The programs usually impose a limit on the compensable amount, depending on a state’s budget. In most states, the programs grant between $10,000 and $100,000 per claim.
Some of the crimes that are compensable by most CVC programs are:
- Assault and battery
- Terrorism (e.g., the 9/11 attack)
- Domestic violence
- Sexual abuse
- Child abuse
- Traffic accidents caused by driving under the influence
The following table shows which crime-related costs are covered by most CVC programs and which ones aren’t:
|Covered Expenses||Not Covered Expenses|
Ways To Apply for Crime Victims Compensation
The application procedure for crime victims compensation is different in every state. You should check the website of your state’s CVC program to check the options you have. Most programs enable multiple application methods, such as:
- Completing an online application form
- Visiting the appropriate office and applying in person
- Applying for the program over the phone
- Sending the application form via:
While the online application process is usually the most convenient one, many platforms aren’t user-friendly. If you’re not sure how to submit an application or find and download a PDF file, this option might not be for you.
Applying for your state’s CVC program over the phone or in person are valid options if you’re not tech-savvy, but the process can be exhausting and time-consuming.
Most CVC programs have long application forms. For example, to apply for the California CVC program, you need to fill in an application form that is seven pages long. Having to complete all of those pages increases the chances of making a mistake or forgetting to fill out the required fields. This can be tedious and take a few days, especially if you make a mistake and have to start over.
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Victims Compensation Forms—Which Info and Documents Do You Need To Provide?
All application forms have various sections dedicated to different aspects of the crime. The first section is usually reserved for the claimant’s info, while the second part of the application requires the victim’s details, such as:
- Social Security Number
- Insurance info
- Contact number
- Email address
You will also need to provide info regarding the crime and your expenses, for example:
- Date and location of the crime
- Crime report number
- Name of the suspect (if known)
- Injuries the victim suffered
- Expenses incurred as a result of the crime
You don’t have to include any document with your application (unless stated otherwise on your state’s program’s website). Program directors usually require additional info such as bills, police reports, and similar after reviewing the CVC program applications.
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Here’s how you can use our app:
- Log in to DoNotPay
- Open the Compensation for Crime Victims product
- Tell us whether you’re the victim or another claimant
- Respond to our questions
- Verify your signature
You can use DoNotPay’s product in any state, including:
How To Know Whether You’re Eligible To Apply for Crime Victims Compensation
Primary victims aren’t the only ones who qualify for crime victims compensation. CVC programs also grant reimbursement to:
- Spouses, children, and other family members of violent crime victims
- Dependents of victims who can’t work or have passed away because of the crime-related injuries
- Individuals who were victimized while trying to help another victim or the police
- Secondary victims who witnessed the crime
- Anyone who has to deal with funeral costs of homicide victims
To qualify for reimbursement, you have to:
- Have filed a police report within the time limit imposed by your state’s program
- Cooperate with the police
- Apply for the CVC program within the imposed time limit
- Provide necessary documents upon request
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