Financial Resources for Victims of Crime

Victims of Violent Crime

Victims of Violent Crime

Being a victim of crime is one of the worst things that can happen in a person’s life. Being physically or emotionally injured by another person is something that can stay with you your entire life. Recovering from a violent crime can also take many years, impacting on your financial situation dramatically. There may also be medical costs associated with the event that take many years to pay off.

Thankfully, there are sources of compensation available for the victims of crime and their families. Money will not entirely heal the situation, but it can make life easier for the victim and their families while their get their lives back on track.

The amounts of money available from compensation programs is increasing in most U.S. states. In 2014 the amount of money available for the victims of crime reached record levels, close to $500 million per annum. Most of the money raised for these programs comes from fines and fees against the perpetrators of violent acts. In conjunction with this, the federal government provides about a third of available funds.

If you have been the victim of child sexual abuse, drunk driving, domestic violence, rape, assault or a number of other violent crimes, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The compensation can be used for any number of expenses including hospital bills, travel costs for treatment, child care costs and crime scene clean up. Any reasonable expense that is associated with the violent crime can be compensated for.

Each state has it’s own set of rules regarding eligibility for victims of violent crime compensation.

In general, you must report the crime to the police soon after the event, you must submit the compensation claims within reasonable time and you must have suffered a loss that is not covered by insurance. If you committed a criminal act yourself in relation to the incident, you will be ineligible for compensation. On average, most states offer up to $25’000 maximum compensation.

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