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Who is considered a crime victim?

A person who has sustained emotional harm, physical harm, or death as the direct result of a crime that happened in Vermont; or a crime was committed against a Vermont resident in a state or country that does not have a Compensation Program.

Am I eligible?

Please visit our Eligibility page for information.

When would I be denied?

If a victim violated a criminal law of Vermont that caused the victim's injuries or death at the time of the crime.

What if I am a victim outside of Vermont?

Every state has a Victims Compensation Program. If you are a victim in another state, you must apply to the Compensation Program in that state.

The Office for Victims of Crime has a map of the different state Victims Compensation Programs.

What is the maximum amount allowed per eligible Compensation Claim?

$10,000. The Victims Compensation Program decides what losses are covered. Some caps may apply.

How long will it take for my claim to be approved?

It depends on how long it takes us to verify your losses.

Do I get the money?

Payment will go to you or directly to your service provider.

What might delay my claim?

You did not sign or date your application in the appropriate places.
We did not receive proper verification.

Do I have to use insurance or other sources of payment?

Yes. Insurance must be billed first. Here is a list of some insurances that must be considered:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Auto insurance
  • Homeowner's or renter's insurance
  • Civil lawsuit
  • Worker's compensation
  • Disability insurance

What happens when you get my application?

Your application is assigned to a Claims Specialist who will follow up with you.

If you have outstanding crime related bills, please send them with your application.

What is restitution?

When an offender is required by the court to pay you or the Victims Compensation Program back for the uninsured losses you incurred from the crime. The suspect must be sentenced for the crime in order for restitution to be ordered.