WHAT IS THE CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM?
The State of Georgia has a program to assist you with crime related expenses if you are a victim of a violent crime. It can help compensate victims for medical costs, counseling, lost wages, funeral expenses and various other costs. However, we are prayers of last resort. Please review the details in this brochure to see if you should apply for compensation.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR VICTIM COMPENSATION?
Victims who have been physically injured in a violent crime. Including but not limited to victims of:
- Sexual assault
- Child abuse
- Person incurring eligible expenses due to crime
- Domestic/Family Violence Victim
- DUI Crash Victim
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?
- Victims of property crimes
- Victims who consent, provoke or incite the crime against them
- Victims who were participating in a criminal act
- Victims who do not report the crime to law enforcement officials within 72 hours.
WHAT COMPENSATION IS AVAILABLE?
You are eligible for the following categories of compensation only if they are not covered by another source:
- Medical Expenses
- Counseling Expenses
- Funeral Expenses
- Economic Loss
TOTAL AWARD AMOUNT ALLOWABLE IS $10,000
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM FOR EACH CATEGORY?
1. Medical Expense $5,000
2. Counseling Expense $2,500
3. Funeral Expense $3,000
4. Economic Loss $5,000
ARE THERE LIMITATIONS ON COMPENSATION?
- Yes. Compensation cannot be paid for stolen, damaged, or lost property.
- Compensation is not paid for costs payable by other sources such as health insurance, car insurance, sick leave pay, disability insurance, worker’s compensation, unemployment compensation or funds from other government agencies.
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE ELIGIBLE?
- You must report the crime to law enforcement, within 72 hours, unless there is valid reason for reporting the crime at a later date.
- You must file a complete application packet with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council within 1 year of the date of the crime (with some exceptions).
- You must cooperate with law enforcement officials in their investigation and prosecution.
HOW DO I APPLY?
You must file an application for assistance with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
An application will be sent to you when you call the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Victim Assistance Program at (912) 267-5620 or 1 (800) 241-7827.
You do not need an attorney to file an application.