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Victim Compensation


Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses such as medical costs, mental health counseling, lost wages, and funeral and burial costs. OVC administers federal funds to support their crime victim compensation programs in all U.S. states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Eligibility for crime victim compensation for costs incurred as a result of a crime varies by state and territory.


Victims of crime may contact the victim compensation program for the state or territory in which the crime occurred to inquire about program services and eligibility requirements.

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on victim compensation.

Date Created: May 28, 2020