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Each state in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S.Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico, operates a crime victim compensation program to provide financial assistance for victims of violent or personal crime. Each state administers its own program in accordance with its state statute. The U.S. Department of Justice provides supplemental Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding and technical support to the states. The following information is generally applicable to all state compensation programs. For information regarding specific programs, contact the programs directly.

Eligibility Requirements

Report to police. Usually within 72 hours; exceptions are made for good cause.

Filing period. One year is typical; exceptions are made for good cause.

Victims of terrorist acts. Compensation is payable through the federal Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve for residents and nonresidents who are injured or killed in acts of terrorism within the United States or for U.S. nationals, officers, and/or employees of the U.S. government who are injured or killed in acts of terrorism outside the United States. In addition, some state compensation programs provide benefits to victims of terrorism.

Claimants. The following parties are eligible for compensation in most states:

Victims of crime
Dependents of homicide victims
Relatives of victims of crime
Citizens of foreign countries


The claimant must file an application with the compensation agency in the state where the crime occurred. Based on information submitted by the victim, the agency determines if the claimant is eligible and has suffered a financial loss. In most states, the victim can appeal the agency's decision to deny or reduce the amount of compensation.

Benefits and Award Limits

Maximum benefits available to victims from the state programs average about $25,000, though a number of states have higher or lower maximums.

Compensable costs. All states will cover the following:

Medical expenses
Mental health counseling
Lost wages for disabled victims
Lost support for dependents of homicide victims
Funeral and burial expenses

In addition, many states cover the following:

Travel for medical treatment
Services to replace work previously performed by the victim
Crime scene cleanup
Moving expenses
Essential medical personal property (such as prosthetic devices, glasses)
Attorneys' fees

Emergency awards. Some states provide emergency awards or expedite processing for victims faced with extraordinary financial needs.

Funding sources. Most states obtain their funding from fees or charges assessed against offenders. Some states receive appropriations from general revenue. OVC provides supplemental funds from federal criminal fines and penalties.

Contact Information (by State and Territory)


Telephone: 334-242-4007
Fax: 334-353-1401
Internet: www.acvcc.state.al.us


Telephone: 907-465-5525
Fax: 907-465-2379
Internet: http://doa.alaska.gov/vccb/


Telephone: 602-364-1155
Fax: 602-364-1175
Internet: www.azvictims.com/resources/compensation.asp


Telephone: 501-682-1323
Fax: 501-682-5313
Internet: www.ag.state.ar.us


Telephone: 916-323-3432
Fax: 916-322-1487
Internet: www.victimcompensation.ca.gov


Telephone: 303-239-4442
Fax: 303-239-4411
Internet: http://dcj.state.co.us/ovp/comp_english.htm


Telephone: 860-747-4501
Fax: 860-747-6428
Internet: www.jud.state.ct.us


Telephone: 302-995-8383
Fax: 302-995-8387
Internet: http://courts.state.de.us/vccb

District of Columbia

Telephone: 202-879-4216
Fax: 202-879-4230
Internet: http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1241,Q,539164,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,|,.asp


Telephone: 850-414-3300
Fax: 850-487-1595
Internet: http://myfloridalegal.com/victims


Telephone: 404-559-4949
Fax: 404-559-4960
Internet: http://cjcc.ga.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,43676881_169285446,00.html


Telephone: 9-1-671-475-3324, ext. 285
Fax: 9-1-671-472-2493
Internet: www.guamattorneygeneral.com


Telephone: 808-587-1143
Fax: 808-587-1146
Internet: http://hawaii.gov/ag/cpja/


Telephone: 208-334-6000
Fax: 208-334-5145
Internet: www.crimevictimcomp.idaho.gov/


Telephone: 312-814-2581
Fax: 312-814-5079
Internet: www.ag.state.il.us


Telephone: 317-232-2927
Fax: 317-233-3912
Internet: www.in.gov/cji/2348.htm


Telephone: 1-800-373-5044
Fax: 515-281-8199
Internet: www.iowaattorneygeneral.org/helping_victims/services/index.html


Telephone: 785-296-2359
Fax: 785-296-0652
Internet: www.ksag.org/content/page/id/117


Telephone: 1-800-469-2120
Fax: 502-573-4817
Internet: www.cvcb.ky.gov


Telephone: 225-925-1997
Fax: 225-925-1998
Internet: www.lcle.state.la.us/programs/cvr.asp


Telephone: 207-626-8800
Fax: 207-624-7730
Internet: www.maine.gov/ag/index.php?r=crimeandvictims&s=victimscompensation&t


Telephone: 410-585-3331
Fax: 410-764-3815
Internet: www.dpscs.state.md.us/victimservs/vs_cicb.shtml


Telephone: 617-727-2200
Fax: 617-367-3906
Internet: www.ago.state.ma.us/sp.cfm?pageid=1657


Telephone: 517-334-9941
Fax: 517-241-2769
Internet: www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-54783_54853---,00.html


Telephone: 651-282-6256
Fax: 651-205-4808
Internet: www.ojp.state.mn.us/cvs/index.htm


Telephone: 601-359-6766
Fax: 601-359-3262
Internet: www.dfa.state.ms.us/cvcompx.html


Telephone: 573-526-6006
Fax: 573-526-4940
Internet: www.dps.mo.gov/dir/programs/cvc/


Telephone: 406-444-3653
Fax: 406-444-4722
Internet: www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-54783_54853---,00.html


Telephone: 402-471-2194
Fax: 402-471-2837
Internet: www.ncc.state.ne.us/services_programs/victim_services.htm


Telephone: 702-486-2740
Fax: 702-486-2825

New Hampshire

Telephone: 603-271-1284
Fax: 603-271-2110
Internet: www.doj.nh.gov/grants-management/victims-compensation-program/index.htm

New Jersey

Telephone: 973-648-2107
Fax: 973-648-7031
Internet: www.state.nj.us/victims

New Mexico

Telephone: 505-841-9432
Fax: 505-841-9437
Internet: www.state.nm.us/cvrc

New York

Telephone: 1-800-247-8035
Fax: 518-457-8658 (Albany)
Internet: www.cvb.state.ny.us

North Carolina

Telephone: 919-733-7974
Fax: 919-715-4209
Internet: www.nccrimecontrol.org/Index2.cfm?a=000003,000016

North Dakota

Telephone: 701-328-6195
Fax: 701-328-6186


Telephone: 614-466-5610
Fax: 614-995-5412
Internet: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Victims


Telephone: 405-264-5006
Fax: 405-264-5095
Internet: www.ok.gov/dac/Victims_Services/Victims_Compensation_Program/index.html


Telephone: 503-378-5348
Fax: 503-378-5738
Internet: www.doj.state.or.us/crimev/comp.shtml


Telephone: 717-783-0551, ext. 3093
Fax: 717-783-7713
Internet: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=5415&&PageID=495614&level=3&css=L3&mode=2

Puerto Rico

Telephone: 787-641-7480
Fax: 787-641-7477
Internet: www.justicia.gobierno.pr/rs_template/v2/CompVic

Rhode Island

Telephone: 401-222-3264
Fax: 401-222-2212
Internet: www.treasury.state.ri.us/crimevictim/

South Carolina

Telephone: 803-734-1930
Fax: 803-734-1708
Internet: www.govoepp.state.sc.us/sova/compensation.html

South Dakota

Telephone: 605-773-3656
Fax: 605-773-6834
Internet: www.state.sd.us/social/cvc


Telephone: 615-741-2734
Fax: 615-532-4979
Internet: http://www.state.tn.us/treasury/injury/


Telephone: 512-936-1200
Fax: 512-320-8270
Internet: www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/about_comp.shtml

U.S. Virgin Islands

Telephone: 340-774-1166
Fax: 340-774-3466
Internet: None


Telephone: 801-238-2360
Fax: 801-533-4127
Internet: www.crimevictim.utah.gov


Telephone: 802-241-1250
Fax: 802-241-1253
Internet: www.ccvs.state.vt.us


Telephone: 804-378-3434
Fax: 804-378-4390
Internet: http://www.cicf.state.va.us/


Telephone: 360-902-5340
Fax: 360-902-5333
Internet: www.lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/CrimeVictims/default.asp

West Virginia

Telephone: 304-347-4850
Fax: 304-347-4915
Internet: www.legis.state.wv.us/joint/victims/main.cfm


Telephone: 608-266-6470
Fax: 608-264-6368
Internet: www.doj.state.wi.us/cvs


Telephone: 307-777-7200
Fax: 307-777-6683
Internet: http://vssi.state.wy.us

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