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The mission of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards is to provide leadership, professional development, and collaborative opportunities to our members to strengthen their capacity to improve services to crime victims and survivors.  We share a vision of working together so that every victim compensation program is fully funded, optimally staffed, and functioning effectively to help victims cope with the costs of crime.

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1. Are there limits on the assistance available?

Costs related directly to the crime can be reimbursed up to the maximum level in each state. The average maximum is $25,000, but a number of states have higher or lower maximums. In addition, there may be sub-limits on some types of benefits, such as mental health counseling or funeral costs.

2. What costs may be paid?

The following expenses may be covered if they are not paid for a collateral source and if they resulted directly from the crime:

1) Medical and hospital care, and dental work to repair injury to teeth.

2) Mental health counseling.

3) Lost earnings due to crime-related injuries.

4) Loss of support for dependents of a deceased victim.

5) Funeral and burial expenses.

Check with the specific state where the crime occurred to determine exactly what costs are covered by the program. Many can pay other types of expenses, though these vary from state to state.


3. What costs are not covered?

The following are some of the expenses that will not be reimbursed by crime victim compensation programs:

1) Property loss, theft and damage are usually not covered (unless damage is to eyeglasses, hearing aids, or other medically necessary devices.) A few states may pay limited amounts for the loss of essential personal property during a violent crime. Many states can pay for cleaning up a crime scene.

2) Expenses paid for by other sources, such as any type of public or private health insurance, automobile insurance, disability insurance, or workers' compensation.  These are called collateral sources, and they must be used before compensation programs will consider paying expenses.

4. How do programs make payment?

         Compensation programs will make payments directly to providers, like hospitals and doctors, if unpaid bills are presented to them by the victim; if the victim has made payment, programs reimburse the victim.  Lost wages, lost support and other costs borne by the victim will be paid to the victim.