As a victim of crime in Virginia, you may be eligible to apply for financial aid to help you cover reasonable and necessary expenses that may arise from crime. In addition to court-ordered restitution, you may qualify to receive compensation from:
- Virginia Victims Fund (VVF), also known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
- Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance
- Mortgage insurance
- Medical insurance
- Hospital financial assistance
- Liability insurance
- Disability insurance (private or state)
- Veterans’ benefits
- Social Security benefits
- A funeral/burial policy
- Auto insurance deductible
- Workers’ compensation
You may also consult a private attorney regarding other legal remedies that might also be available. Please ask your local Victim/Witness Assistance Program staff as early as possible about which expenses can be part of a restitution request and whether you may be eligible for any of the additional forms of victim compensation, listed above.
Virginia Victims Fund
Defendants are often incarcerated and unable to pay their restitution until their release. Because of this, you may want to consider filing a claim with the VVF in addition to requesting restitution.
If a claim is eligible under VVF, then VVF can pay service providers directly and assist in keeping your related bills out of collections. The VVF can seek restitution from the defendant for the amount it pays on your behalf. Discuss the best option for you with your local Victim/Witness Assistance Program staff.
Qualifying claims can include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Crime scene clean-up
- Temporary housing
- Mileage to medical appointments and court-related appointments for child victims
- Loss of support from an offender removed from home in domestic violence, child sexual assault cases, or dependents of homicide victims
- Counseling for direct victims, children who witness domestic violence, or the immediate family of a homicide victim
Further information about the VVF, including benefits, deadlines, and eligibility requirements may be found online at www.virginiavictimsfund.org.