Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
If you have been a victim of a violent crime or are a surviving relative of a victim, you may be eligible for financial compensation to cover medical expenses, psychological counseling, lost wages, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of the crime. The Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund was created to assist innocent victims in recovering these expenses.
To be eligible for funds provided by this program, the following qualifications must be met:
A maximum award amount of up to $25,000 is available to pay for the following expenses if they are not paid by other sources:
All claims must be filed within one year of the date of the crime for both a physical injury case and a homicide and within two years from the date of the crime where good cause for the delay is shown. Please keep in mind that expenses covered by insurance and damage or loss of personal property are not items covered by this fund. Payment for attorneys fees and compensation for pain and suffering are not available benefits either.
To obtain a claim form or if you would like assistance in filing your claim, please contact our office or call the Division of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund directly at (800) 552-4007.
Please Note: The Newport News Victim Services Unit is a separate organization from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund makes all decisions regarding awards and denials based on the completed application and any additional information received for a claim.