The Easiest Way To File a Claim for Victims Compensation
Victims of violent crimes and their families are often experiencing physical and emotional but also financial damage. Losing income, medical treatment costs, and property damage repair costs can be too much to take, especially when you’ve experienced trauma.
This article will guide you through the process of getting victims compensation from your state’s victim fund for violent crimes.
What Is Victim Compensation?
Every U.S. state has a crime victims' compensation program. The purpose of these government-funded programs is to provide substantial financial assistance to survivors of violent crimes and families of deceased victims. The financial aid they provide is nontaxable.
The U.S. government passed the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to ensure every state is financially able to provide compensation for crime victims. The VOCA later enabled the foundation of the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), a source of funding for the services that help victims and survivors of violent crimes, as well as the victims’ families.
What Are Compensable Expenses for Victims of Crime?
The exact amount of compensation a crime victim gets depends on the state, eligibility, type of crime, and other case-specific factors. Victims compensation covers the expenses that are not already covered by other compensation programs, like:
- Auto insurance
- Health insurance
- Disability insurance
- Workers compensation
- Restitution that the offender pays
- Public funds, such as Medicare or Medicaid
Victim relief funds do not compensate victims for every crime-related cost. You can find a brief overview of what relief funds can and cannot compensate in the table below:
|Compensable Expenses||Non-Compensable Expenses|
Who Is Entitled to Victims Compensation?
Whether a person is eligible to receive crime victims compensation depends on the state. Each state has its set of rules and regulations regarding eligibility requirements. Most of the time, an individual is eligible for victims compensation if they:
- Are an innocent victim of a violent crime or a car crash caused by a drunk driver
- Came to help another victim of a crime and got injured or died
- Were first responders and died or were injured while responding to a crime
- Have an authorization to work in the name of a minor, incapacitated adult, or deceased victim
- Are a dependent of the deceased victim
Aside from eligibility criteria, there are requirements a victim has to meet to receive compensation, including:
- Reporting crime to law enforcement
- Cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation
- Not participating in the crime
- Not committing other illegal activity during the crime (excluding human trafficking victims)
How To Seek Compensation for Victims of Crime
The National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB) regulates and connects victims to crime victims compensation boards in their states. Checking their state’s rules and regulations enables victims to apply and get the reimbursement faster.
The application process varies from one state to another, but it usually involves filling out the application form and submitting it to the law enforcement agency. Having an attorney is not a requirement for filing victim compensation application forms, but if you need reliable and budget-friendly assistance, DoNotPay is the right option.
Is There an Easier Way to File a Victim Compensation Case?
According to a study by the College of Criminal Justice, only a small percentage of violent crime victims apply for a victim compensation program. Many people are not aware of the benefits that federal and state governments are providing. Those that know about the compensation are reluctant to apply due to unclear or complicated procedures.
Maximum benefits per person can range between $10,000 and $100,000. While no amount of money can erase the awful events you went through, if you’re a victim of a violent crime, compensation can cover the costs of therapy to help you deal with the trauma.
You don’t even have to worry about the application process—DoNotPay makes it simple and straightforward.
We created the Compensation for Crime Victims product that you can use to submit victims' compensation claims in a flash. Our AI bots make sure that you don’t have to go through any trouble—they do most of the work for you!
To use the Compensation for Crime Victims feature, access DoNotPay from a web browser and follow these steps:
- Locate the Compensation for Crime Victims product
- Inform us if you are a victim or claimant
- Provide answers to a series of questions regarding the crime and costs you need the compensation for
- Confirm the information and your signature
We will complete the application form and submit it to the appropriate office in the state where the crime happened.
DoNotPay can help you get compensation if you’re a victim of domestic violence or financial relief from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
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