Office of Victim Services Compensation Claim Benefit

 

Office of Victim Services Compensation Claim Benefit

Since its establishment in 1966, this agency has provided substantial financial relief to victims of domestic abuse and their families by paying unreimbursed crime-related expenses, including but not limited to: medical and burial expenses, loss of earnings or support, counseling costs, crime scene clean-up expenses, the cost to repair or replace items of essential personal property, reasonable court transportation expenses, assistance to crime victims acting as a good Samaritan, the cost of residing at or utilizing the services of a domestic violence shelter, and limited attorney fees. 

Who may be eligible for compensation?

  • The victim must be an innocent of the crime
  • Victims of crime who were physically injured as a result of domestic abuse
  • Certain relatives and dependents, including surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling, or person primarily dependent on the victim for support
  • Those who paid for or incurred burial costs for an innocent crime victim
  • Child victims, a child who witnesses a crime pertaining to abuse, and the child’s parent, stepparent, grandparent, guardian, or siblings.
     

For more information on specific benefits or eligibility, please call our 24-hour emergency bilingual hotline at 1-800-664-5880.