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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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Fifty Years of Crime Victim Compensation in America
California's Victim Compensation Program, established in 1965, was the first organized victim service program of any type in the United States, preceding domestic violence programs and other types of victim assistance agencies. Director Julie Nauman honors that anniversary in a message, noting that the program has paid out $2.3 billion in benefits to victims, and emphasizing the need to engage with communities to "spread the conversation about victim rights and work to end violence."
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.
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.
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.