Member News and Information
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. Where is crime victim compensation available?
Every state in the country, as well as D.C., the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, offers crime victim compensation benefits. See our Program Directory (a link on our home page) for more information on each state. There is no federal or national crime victim compensation program for crimes occurring within the U.S. However, the U.S. Department of Justice does operate an expense reimbursement program for U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism outside the U.S.
In general, a victim should apply in the state where the crime occurred. A few states may offer coverage to victims who are injured in other U.S. jurisdictions; and about half the states will offer benefits to their residents who are injured in foreign countries. This is a matter of state law, and the individual state program must be contacted with regard to eligibility for crimes outside the state.
2. How can I get more information about compensation?
Each state provides information about its program through its Website, and through brochures that are available from the program and from many victim assistance agencies. The Website you are now on has a Program Directory that provides summary information about each program, as well as a link to the individual state's Website. We also have a State Links page on this site that may help victims find their way to the program that can help them.