Crime Victim Compensation is a federally funded program that helps victims with medical, dental, counseling, work loss, funeral, travel, and crime scene clean-up expenses. There is an application process for victims of reported crimes in which the victim is physically or mentally harmed. To qualify there has be a report that a crime occurred. Victim compensation is a reimbursement basis program that is on-going until the victim no longer needs financial assistance or the claim reaches a limit. No charges or conviction is required. However, law enforcement must provide enough information to substantiate that a crime occurred. Once an application has been submitted to victim services, a board reviews and determines a victim’s eligibility for the program. Once approved, a victim compensation coordinator will work with victims to obtain documentation that support their loss.
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Who can receive compensation?
Crime victims or family members of deceased victims who:
- Report the crime to law enforcement within 72 hours
- Willingly cooperate with the investigation and prosecution
- Suffer a physical injury or extreme mental distress
- Have/will have expenses resulting from crime
- Were a victim in Pinal County
Who is NOT able to receive compensation?
- An applicant or victim convicted of a state or federal crime, who is delinquent in paying a court-ordered criminal fine, monetary penalty or restitution.
- An offender or accomplice to the crime
- A person serving (or escaped from serving) a prison sentence, work furlough or home arrest program
What expenses may be paid?
The total award limit is $25,000.
- Medical and dental care, up to $25,000
- Mental health counseling, up to $5,000
- These services may be rendered to both victim or family members of deceased victims, or a person who witnessed a crime or discovered a crime scene.
- Funeral expenses, up to $10,000
- Crime scene cleanup, up to $2,000. This money is only available for homicide, sexual assault, and aggravated assault cases.
- Victim’s travel expenses to court, medical or mental health appointments, up to $2,000.
- Loss of wages, up to $25,000.
These funds may cover lost wages of:
- A victim who is unable to work due to injury or mental distress
- A family member making funeral arrangements
- A victim or family member attending court proceedings or taking a minor child to medical or counseling appointments.
- Loss of support for a spouse or dependent
What is not covered?
- Stolen or damaged property
- Payment for pain and suffering
- Attorney’s fees
- Expenses paid by an insurance plan, public funds or the offender
When should you apply?
- An application can be submitted as soon as the crime is reported to law enforcement. No conviction is required, though law enforcement must provide enough information to substantiate that a crime may have occurred.
- Applications must be submitted within two years from the date of crime or date of discovery of the crime.
- An application may be submitted to establish eligibility even if expenses have not yet incurred.
Victim Compensation Programs in Other Counties:
If you believe the crime happened outside Pinal County, click here for a list of other county victim compensation programs. http://azcjc.gov/victim-services
P.O. Box 1798
Florence, AZ 85132
Phone: 520-866-6805 or 800.208.6897 (ext. 6805)