The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council administers the Georgia Crime Victims’ Compensation Program (CVCP), which helps victims and their families by providing financial assistance with expenses such as medical bills, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, mental health counseling and crime scene clean-up.
As a victim of crime, you may be entitled to compensation for expenses incurred as a result of being victimized. You may eligible for the following categories of compensation if they are not already covered by another source for up to a total of $25,000.
Medical & Dental Expenses:
Up to $15,000
Mental Health Counseling Expenses:
Up to $3,000
Up to $3,000
Loss of Support/Lost Wages:
Up to $10,000
Crime Scene Sanitation:
Up to $1500
**Benefits received are based on actual eligible expenses
Crime Victims’ Compensation does have limitations. Victims must file an application for assistance with the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program within one year of the crime. Remember to keep all applicable receipts to submit with your application.
Compensation cannot be made for damaged, stolen or lost property. However, these may be covered under Victim Impact Restitution (contact your Victim-Witness Advocate for more information).
Victims not eligible for compensation include:
- Victims who consent, provoke or incite the crime committed against them
- Victims who were participating in the criminal act
- Victims who do not report the crime to authorities
- Victims filing applications three years or more after the crime occurred
VWAP Advocates are available to provide assistance in filing Crime Victims’ Compensation or to answer any questions you may have regarding your rights as a victim of crime.
Click Here to download the application from the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation Program. Follow the instructions, and send in the application and supporting documents to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council address listed on the form.