When a homicide occurs, the last thing survivors want to think about is dealing with the financial burden that this crime can bring. Expenses incurred due to this unexpected tragedy can add up. Homicide Survivors may be able to help.
Crime Victim Compensation provides financial assistance for crime victims who have suffered a financial loss as the direct result of a crime. The perpetrator does not have to be charged or convicted for the victim to apply for assistance. However, the victim and claimant must fully cooperate with law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Victim compensation applications and requests for assistance are reviewed and decided by a board. The board's decisions are based on the current program rules, and assistance is not guaranteed.
Expenses that are eligible for consideration by the Board:
- Mental Health Counseling
- Crime Scene Clean Up
- Some Transportation costs
- Loss of Wages/Loss of Support
- The Board cannot consider requests for:
- Property loss and damage
- Pain and suppering
- Expenses that would benefit an offender
- A person serving a sentence of imprisonment
- A person delinquent in paying a fine, monetary penalty or restitution
The compensation program is the payor of last resort. Therefore, all other sources of compensation for economic loss must be exhausted before compensation benefits can be paid. Other payment sources can include, for example, health insurance, motor vehicle insurance, life insurance, proceeds from a civil suit, employer wage-continuation benefits, and restitution. If benefits from these sources do not cover the full amount of your eligible expenses, the program may be able to assist with the remaining obligations such as co-pays and deductibles.
Check out the links below to find other resources that may be of assistance for financial needs.