Crime Victim Compensation

Help for Crime Victims

To be eligible for compensation, a person must be a victim of a qualifying crime involving physical injury, threat of physical injury or death. Certain family members or loved ones who suffer an economic loss resulting from an injury or death of a victim of a crime may also be eligible for compensation.

Victim Eligibility
The following are some conditions that need to be met to qualify:

  • Crime occurred in California or to a California resident;
  • Victim had no involvement or participation in the crime;
  • Victim cooperated with law enforcement;
  • Victim cooperated with Victim Compensation Board; and
  • Victim applied for compensation within a year from the date of the crime. There are some exceptions.


Victim Compensation Benefits May Include

  • Medical/dental treatment
  • Mental health services
  • Lost wages/income loss
  • Support loss to eligible family members
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Job retraining
  • Home security
  • Home/vehicle modifications
  • Relocation
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Medically necessary equipment
  • Insurance co-payments


Losses that are not covered

  • Lost, stolen or damaged property, including cash
  • Any expenses not related to the crime
  • Any expense paid by insurance or another source of reimbursement or coverage
  • Pain and suffering

No taxpayer dollars are used to fund victim compensation. Compensation is funded by:

  • Offenders' restitution fines & orders
  • Federal Victims of Crime Act matching funds
  • Portion of State penalty assessments