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Crime Victims Compensation Fund

The Crime Victims Compensation Fund is an additional fund established to minimize the financial impact of criminal acts on "innocent victims." For information see KRS 346. Victims may apply for direct reimbursement of expenses related to the violence, including "additional services" discussed previously. Before compensation is awarded, the CVCB must:
  • Conduct an independent investigation, with which the victim must cooperate;
  • Determine that one was an "innocent victim of a criminal act," or survivor of victim who was killed;
  • Determine that the crime resulted in personal physical or psychological injury to the victim;
  • Determine the crime was reported to a law enforcement agency within 48 hours or that a delayed report was justified; and
  • Determine that the victim cooperated with law enforcement agencies.
Because of the extensive investigation, reimbursement through this fund can be a very slow and uncertain process. Victims should be realistically informed about this and encouraged to take steps to avoid credit damage while waiting for CVCB determinations. Victims should also be informed of the right to appeal CVCB denials. When a claim is successful, this Fund may provide reimbursement for a wide variety of expenses, including:
  • An emergency award not to exceed $500;
  • Medical expenses or other services, including mental health counseling necessary as a result of the injury upon which the claim is based;
  • Loss of earning or support;
  • Replacement of glasses or corrective lenses;
  • The total amount per award is limited to $25,000.
In order to comply with the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, law enforcement officials and prosecutors should inform victims about the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Forms are generally available from law enforcement officials, hospitals, Rape Crisis Centers, and prosecutors' offices or online at Rape Crisis Center personnel can assist with the claim filing. For additional information, contact KASAP or the Crime Victims Compensation Board at (800) 469-2120.

This project was supported by Grant Number VAWA ARRA-2009-KASAP-00034 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.