Victims of crime who suffer from physical injuries as a result of the crime may be eligible for state compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, to cover medical expenses, psychological counseling, partial loss of earnings, or funeral expenses that were incurred as a result of their victimization. Qualifications for Criminal Injuries Compensation are:
- The crime occurred in Virginia and resulted in physical injury or death.
- The crime was reported to law enforcement within 120 hours after it happened unless good cause for delay is shown.
- The victim cooperated with law enforcement and was willing to prosecute in court.
- The value of the claim, not paid by other sources, must be at least $100.00.
- The crime did not involve a motor vehicle accident unless it was a result of a violation of the Drunk Driving Statute or the injuries were intentionally inflected.
If you meet this criteria, please contact the Virginia Beach Victim-Witness Program or:
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
100 DMV Drive
P.O. Box 5423
Richmond, VA 23220
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
The Division of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (name changed from Crime Victim's Compensation) is a separate organization from the Victim-Witness Program. It is a division of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission and is located in Richmond, Virginia. You can call 1-800-552-4007 if you would like to speak to them directly. Please have the victim's name and claim number when you call.
Doctors, hospitals, or therapists can not file a claim on your behalf. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian can file on your behalf. You can obtain a claim form from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund or the Victim-Witness Program. The Victim-Witness Program can provide the claim form, assist in filing a claim, and answer any questions you may have.
All Claims are judged on an individual basis.
The Victim-Witness Program CANNOT guarantee that any claim will be accepted.
As the claimant/victim you are responsible for providing all requested information to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.
The Victim-Witness Program will be happy to mail any information/claim forms to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund on your behalf. Our mailing address is:
Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Municipal Center, Building 10B
2425 Nimmo Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-5095
Any change of address should be sent directly to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund will not make any decision of your claim until all requested information has been received. It is very important that you return all requested information in a timely manner so that all times limits are met and to help speed up the process.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund at 1-800- 552-4007 or contact our Victim-Witness Program at (757) 385-8301.