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California Victim Compensation Program

What is Victim Compensation?

The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) is a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for many crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury or threat of physical injury as a direct result of a violent crime.

What do we do?

Our Victim Services Claims Unit assists victims with the processing of their victim compensation claims and any losses that are crime related.

How is Cal VCB funded?

  • CalVCB is funded by restitution fines, penalty assessments and the Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
  • CalVCB is not funded by taxpayer dollars

Who is Eligible?

  • Victims who suffer death, physical injury or threat of physical injury and, in some cases, emotional injury resulting from a violent crime
  • Victims of crimes that occur in California
  • California residents who become victims while in another state or country
  • Minor Witnesses

Expenses Cal VCB Can Reimburse

  • Crime scene clean up (up to $1,000)
  • Dental
  • Funeral and burial (up to $7,500)
  • Home or vehicle modification  
  • Income loss
  • Loss of support for dependents
  • Medical
  • Medical equipment
  • Mental health
  • Relocation (up to $2,000)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Crime documentation
  • Apply within three years of the crime
  • Cooperation with CalVCB
  • Cooperation with law enforcement