Slovakia has a compensation program for certain injuries and damages that result from a crime.
Report to police. Yes.
Filing period. Within 18 months from the month in which the crime occurred, or 6 months from the date a court judgment becomes effective if after the 18-month limit.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Citizens of foreign countries are not eligible to apply for compensation. Only Slovak citizens or stateless residents of Slovakia are eligible to apply under this law.
Applicants must file a claim in writing at the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic. No application forms are used. The applicant must supply personal data and identification, information from a hospital that documents the injuries received as a result of the crime, documentation of income and property, and documentation of any other source of compensation received before and after the claim was filed. Compensation is only provided once.
Benefits and Award Limits
Compensation is awarded in Slovak koruna. The total amount of compensation for health damage may not exceed 50 times the minimum wage (currently Sk5,570 per month), except in cases of rape when the limit is 30 times the minimum wage. Compensation for rape does not exclude compensation for other health damage caused by the same crime.
Funding sources. The program is funded through fines imposed on the convicted offender or by the state.
Ministry of Justice, section of Rehabilitation and Compensation, Zupne nam, 13, 813 11 Bratislava, Slovakia
Languages used: The official language is Slovak, but stateless residents have the right to communicate in their own language, and the state administration provides translation.
For victim assistance, contact Victim Support Services, an NGO, with regional centers in Slovakia:
Pomoc obetiam nasilia (Victim Support Services for Slovakia), P.O. Box 83, 820 05 Bratislava 25, Slovakia