Florida Crime Victim Compensation Program
VICTIMS OF CRIME, ASSAULT, MURDER, HOMICIDE, RAPE AND OTHER CRIMES ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM FLORIDA CRIME VICTIMS' COMPENSATION TRUST FUND FOR QUALIFIED OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES.
Florida victims of violent crimes deserve every measure of assistance possible when facing some of the most difficult moments of their lives. The Florida Attorney General's Division of Victim Services not only serves as an advocate for crime victims and victims' rights, it also administers a compensation program to ensure financial assistance for innocent victims of crime.
Injured crime victims may be eligible for financial assistance for medical care, lost income, mental health services, funeral expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury. If needed, they can also be referred to support organizations within their home area.
Victims wishing to apply for assistance, check on the status of their applications, or in need of any other assistance can contact the division toll free from anywhere in the United States.
The toll-free number is 1-800-226-6667. Tallahassee-area residents should dial 414-3300. In addition, victims may also contact the Division of Victim Services at (850) 414-3300.
It designates a Victims Compensation Trust Fund to assist victims of violent personal crimes to pay for stipulated expenses they incur as a result of the crime.
The Florida Crime Victims' Compensation Trust Fund, administered by the Office of the Attorney General, is a financial assistance program that helps eligible victims with certain expenses related to a crime. The program is funded by court costs paid by criminals in Florida and deposited into the Florida Crime Victims' Compensation Trust Fund.
Crimes covered by the Florida Crime Victims' Compensation Trust Fund Program may include sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, assault, homicide and other violent crimes. Vehicular crimes that are covered include failure to stop and render aid, DWI, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Crime scene clean-up is a covered expense under the Florida Crime Victims' Compensation Trust Fund.
One Call can assists eligible customers with the application process required to receive financial assistance from the Florida Crime Victims' Compensation Trust Fund. If you have, or will incur, crime scene clean-up expenses, you are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Florida Crime Victims' Compensation Trust Fund. Application forms should be completed and submitted in a timely manner by individuals and entities that may be eligible for financial assistance. Qualifying individuals may be reimbursed up to $500 for crime scene clean-up expenses not reimbursed by insurance or other sources. In some cases, the reimbursement amount covers the total charges for One Call's CTS Decontamination services.
WHO MAY QUALIFY?
Victims who suffered personal physical, psychiatric or psychological injury as the result of a crime. Some exceptions may apply for victims who did not sustain a personal physical injury or death.
Survivors of a victim who was killed as a result of a felony or misdemeanor crime punishable under federal or state law, including DUI (motor vehicle, boating, or aircraft) and hit and run.
TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
Upon approval, benefits may be awarded for the following:
- Wage loss for an employed victim who missed work as a result of the crime or a parent/ guardian who had to care for a minor child victim.
- Loss of support for persons who were principally dependent on a deceased victim who was employed or earned income at the time of the crime.
- Disability allowance when the victim becomes disabled as a result of the crime.
- Funeral/burial and related expenses.
- Treatment expenses for medical or non-medical remedial care or other necessary services.
- Prescriptions, eyeglasses, dentures, or prosthetic devices needed as a result of the crime.
- Mental health counseling.
- Property loss reimbursement for elderly (age 60 or older) or disabled adults only.
- Domestic violence relocation assistance for victims who have an immediate need to escape a domestic violence environment. (The need must be certified by a State of Florida certified domestic violence center.)
Note: Only those expenses directly related to the crime will be considered for payment.
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