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Crime Victim Compensation

We are sorry that you or your family have been physically or emotionally injured as the result of a crime.  You may be eligible to receive compensation for your financial losses.

To apply for victim compensation, you need to contact the administrator in the judicial district where the crime occurred.

Locate and contact the Crime Victim Compensation Administrator for your area.

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1st Judicial District - Gilpin and Jefferson county

Contact name: Valarie Van Kam

2nd Judicial District - Denver county

Contact name: Latoya Thorne

3rd Judicial District - Huerfano and Las Animas county

Contact name: Kendra Torres

4th Judicial District - Teller and El Paso county

Contact name: Amber Holland

5th Judicial District - Eagle, Lake, Summit, and Clear Creek

Contact name: Christine Watson

6th Judicial District - La Plata, San Juan, and Archuleta county

Contact name: Carol Little

7th Judicial District - Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray, and Hinsdale county

Contact name: Eleasha Cervantes

8th Judicial District - Jackson and Larimer county

Contact name: Candace Smith

9th Judicial District - Rio Blanco, Garfield, and Pitkin county

Contact name: Steve Aurand

10th Judicial District - Pueblo county

Contact name: Florence Hunt

11th Judicial District - Chaffee, Park, Fremont, and Custer county

Contact name: Keith Larsen

12th Judicial District - Mineral, Saguache, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla county

Contact name: Tammy Rogers

13th Judicial District - Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Kit Carson county

Contact name: Jill Olsen

14th Judicial District - Moffat, Routt, and Grand

Contact name: Donna Zulian

15th Judicial District - Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers, and Baca county

Contact name: Tammy Williams

16th Judicial District - Crowley, Otero, and Bent county

Contact name: Crystal Barnhart

17th Judicial District - Broomfield and Adams county

Contact name: Tonya Isenbart

18th Judicial District - Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln county

Contact name: Wendy Buter

19th Judicial District - Weld county

Contact name: Karol Patch

20th Judicial District - Boulder county

Contact name: Kim Stalnacker

21st Judicial District - Mesa county

Contact name: Jennifer Ballagh

22nd Judicial District - Dolores and Montezuma county

Contact name: Stephanie Carver

 

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Who Qualifies for Victim Compensation?

You may be eligible to receive crime victim compensation if:

  • You or your family are victims of a violent crime in Colorado, or
  • You or your family are residents of Colorado who have been victimized in a state or country that does not have a victim compensation program or will not cover your loss.

To be eligible for victim compensation in Colorado, you must meet certain criteria from the Crime Victim Compensation Statute:

  • The victim sustains mental or bodily injury, dies, or suffers property damage to locks, windows, or doors to residential property as a result of the crime.
  • The victim cooperates with law enforcement officials.
  • The police were notified within 72 hours after the crime occurred.
  • The injury or death of the victim was not the result of the victim's own wrongdoing or substantial provocation.
  • The victimization occurred on or after July 1, 1982.
  • The application for compensation was submitted within one year from the date of the crime or within six months for property damage claims.

The local victim compensation board may waive some of these requirements for good cause or in the interest of justice. This includes application deadlines.

What Losses are Eligible for Victim Compensation?

Losses directly related to the compensable crime are eligible for reimbursement, and may include:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Mental Health Expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of support to dependents
  • Residential Property Damage to Exterior Windows
  • Locks and Doors
  • Funeral Expenses
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How Much Compensation can a Victim Receive?

Victims may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance or other collateral resources, or up to $2,000 in emergency funds directly related to the crime.

 

Where does the money come from to fund victim compensation?

Funds to pay crime victim compensation claims do not come from taxpayers. These funds are collected from fines from criminals convicted of felony, misdemeanor, and some traffic offenses.

2022 Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Program Report

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Nationwide, Colorado continues to rank 6th in the total amount of Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) funds disbursed to help victims though it is the 21st most populous state. As one of only two states with a decentralized Crime Victim Compensation program structure, local Colorado judicial district CVC programs assisted more victims in Federal Fiscal Year 2022 (FFY22) than 44 other states across the country (Source: OVC 2022 Federal CVC Grant Formula Chart; federal fiscal year: October 1 through September 30).

$12,160,981

funds paid by local CVC Programs for tangible financial losses incurred by 6,734 victims of crime. Crime related expenses incurred by domestic violence victims, and their children, consistently account for 27% of all CVC funds paid across the state. Crime related expenses incurred by child victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse account for another 28% of all CVC funds paid across the state.

$10,759,830

funds collected for local CVC program expenditures. This is an approximate 29% increase from FFY21.

Fiscal Year 2022 CVC charts

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FFY 2022 Colorado Top 5 CVC Service Expenditures (Compensable Services Paid):

  • Medical / Dental: 31.2%
  • Mental Health: 26.5%
  • Funeral / Burial: 24.0%
  • Economic Support: 14.0%
  • Relocation / Security: 3.6%

FFY 2022 Colorado Top 5 CVC Crime Type Expenditures (Compensable Crimes Paid):

  • Assault: 38.6%
  • Homicide: 21.9%
  • Vehicular Crimes: 16.4%
  • Child Abuse: 13.8%
  • Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Related: 6.8%