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• To be eligible for Victims of Crime (VOC) compensation an individual must be a victim of a violent crime including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, or child abuse and;
o Report the crime to police, child protective services, or other law enforcement agencies within 5 days of the crime.
o Submit application to the VOCP within year of the crime. Minor victims of sexual assault, molestation or pornography have until age 21 to complete application.
o Cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
o Cannot have been involved in committing the crime.
o Cooperate with the VOCP.
Benefits and Expenses
VOCP funds can only be used to cover crime related expenses that are not covered by other sources. Claims cannot exceed $35,000.
VOCP can be used to help pay the following expenses that occur because of the crime:
o Hospital and ambulance bills
o Medical and dental treatment
o Mental health counselling
o Wage or income loss
o Funeral and burial expenses
o Loss of support, for dependents of a deceased victim
o Emergency shelter and relocation costs
o Insurance co-payments
o Crime scene clean up
o Medically necessary equipment (ex. Wheelchair)
o Childcare costs incurred and eyeglass replacement
o Home health care
o Prescription medication
o Home security repair
VOCP cannot cover the following crime related expenses:
o Expenses for loss of stolen property or cash
o Property damage
o Any expense not directly related to the crime
o Any expense payable by insurance or any other source
o Damages for pain and suffering
A fully signed and completed application is required before VOCP assistance can be approved. The application must be completed in blue or black ink. If a victim-survivor needs help completing the application, they can reach out to service providers and enlist the help of a victim advocate.
The completed application can be mailed, faxed, or emailed.