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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.

Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims, usually as a condition of probation or leniency in sentencing. Compensation is provided by the Victim Compensation Program in each State.

For additional information about compensation, view the OVC Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet and the Victim Compensation sections of our website.

Funding for the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) comes from the Crime Victims Fund. The Victims of Crime Act established this fund, which is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars.

For an incident to be considered an international act of terrorism for the purposes of ITVERP, the incident must be designated as such by the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. If the incident you are looking for is not on the list, please contact ITVERP. Review the list of designated international terrorism incidents.

Date Created: May 28, 2020