State victim assistance and compensation programs are services that can help victims recover after a crime. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants supplement state funds that reimburse victims for crime-related expenses. Eligible expenses may include the following:
- Medical costs
- Mental health counseling
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages or loss of support
Every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories have programs for crime victims. Each state offers their own programs, but most have similar eligibility requirements and benefits. Maximum awards may vary by state, but could range from $10,000 to $25,000.
General Program Requirements
You may only get payment when other sources like insurance or legal awards don't cover the loss. Some expenses, including the following, are not covered by most programs:
- Property loss
State programs are also not required to pay in terrorism cases.
You must comply with all state rules to qualify. You must also assist with reasonable police requests and submit an application in a timely manner.
You can find links on the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) site for crime victim resources and programs with their state contacts. Requirements will vary by program.
You may qualify for benefits, including reimbursement of certain costs, if you are the victim of a crime. Contact your state or territory OVC office for information on how to apply.
You may find contacts for each state program on the U.S. Resource Map of Crime Victim Services & Information page.