Norway has a crime victim compensation program to provide financial compensation for victims of violent or personal crime.
Report to police. Yes, without undue delay; exceptions are made.
Filing period. Within 3 years; exceptions are made.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Citizens of foreign countries are eligible to apply for compensation.
A claimant can obtain an application form for compensation from the police station, the advisory agencies for victims of violent crime, the county governor, the National Insurance Office, or the Ministry of Justice. The application should be sent to the Claims Office for Victims of Violent Crimes in Vardoe, Norway. The claimant will receive notification of the program's decision within 6 months. Compensation is received between 1 day and 3 weeks after the decision. The decision can be appealed to an appointed administrative body, the Compensation Board for Victims of Crime.
Benefits and Award Limits
For all payments made after July 1, 2001, the maximum award is 20 times the national insurance base rate, or approximately NKr1,000,000. If the amount of the loss is less than NKr1,000, no compensation will be paid.
Special compensation is available for persistent injury when the degree of disability is 15 percent or more.
Emergency awards. The program may give a prepayment if the award decision is delayed due to no fault of the claimant and if it would be reasonable to do so.
Funding sources. The program is funded through tax revenue.
Kontoret for Voldsoffererstatning (Claims Office for Victims of Violent Crimes), Boks 253, 9951 Vardoe Norway