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. Use the Judicial District Map to find the district you need to contact. Use the Victim Compensation Administrator List to learn who to contact for victim compensation.

Who Qualifies for Victim Compensation?

You may be eligible to receive crime victim compensation if:

  • You or your family are the victim 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.

Additionally, in order to be eligible for victim compensation in Colorado, you must meet these 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 must be submitted within one year from the date of the crime, or 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

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.

Who Do I Contact to Apply or Check Status?

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2020 Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Program Report

Nationwide, Colorado ranks 8th in the total amount of CVC funds disbursed though only 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 FFY 20 than 44 other states across the country. (Source: OVC 2020 Federal CVC Grant Formula Chart).

$11,058,981

funds paid by local CVC Programs for tangible financial losses incurred by 6,211 victims of crime. Crime-related expenses incurred by domestic
violence victims, and their children, consistently account for 30% of all CVC funds paid across the state. Crime-related expenses incurred by child victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse account for another 30% of all CVC funds paid across the state.

$8,623,647

funds collected for local CVC program expenditures. This is an approximate 19% decrease from FFY19.

The top 5 service type expenditures in 2020 include medical, mental health, economic support, funerals, and relocation. The top 5 crime type expenditures in 2020 include assault, child abuse, homicide, vehicular crimes, and sexual assault.