Victim Services

Victim Compensation

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

Expenses Cal VCB Can Reimburse

  • Crime scene clean up
  • Dental
  • Funeral and burial
  • Home or vehicle modification  
  • Income loss
  • Loss of support for dependents
  • Medical
  • Medical equipment
  • Mental health
  • Relocation

Eligibility Requirements

  • Crime documentation
  • Apply within seven years of the crime
  • Cooperation with CalVCB
  • Cooperation with law enforcement
    • This requirement does not apply to victims of police violence
    • For victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault, cooperation can be limited to verification by a health or service provider 

For Victim of Crime Service Providers


Applying for Victim Compensation

The application can be completed and submitted online at: 

Information about victim compensation program records

Subpoenas for victim compensation program records

The District Attorney’s Office is not the Custodian of Records for any records or materials that are part of a victim compensation claim. All subpoenas for any and all California Victim Compensation Program records must be personally served on the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, Attn: Legal Office at 400 “R” Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95811.