Crime victims should not have to pay for their own victimization. On top of the physical and emotional harm, many crime victims also have to navigate the financial burden related to their victimization and recovery. The financial impact of being a victim of crime can be just as distressing as physical injuries and emotional trauma because victimization can lead to expensive medical bills, counseling, the loss of income, and more.
Survivors who want to regain the money they lost due to a crime committed against them may be eligible for crime victim compensation and restitution. While crime victim compensation and restitution have many similarities, there are also some important differences. Crime victim compensation is typically for survivors of violent crimes and does not require the identification or conviction of the perpetrator. Restitution, an option for all victims of crime, regardless of crime type, is the direct reimbursement from an identified and convicted individual. Victims of crime can also opt to file a civil suit against the perpetrator to recoup some of the money they lost.
Please click on the links below to learn more about the different types of compensation for victims of crime.
Visit our VictimConnect Resource Map for additional resources or contact the VictimConnect Resource Center by phone or text at 1-855-4-VICTIM or by chat for more information or assistance in locating services that can help you or a loved one with understanding financial compensation.