Victim Compensation

Victim Compensation for Crime Victims

If you are the victim of a crime in Colorado, or if you are a Colorado resident who has been victimized in a state or country that does not have a victim compensation program, you may be eligible to receive crime victim compensation funds.  

Victims may be eligible to receive up to $20,000 for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance or other collateral resources, or up to $1,000 in emergency funds directly related to the crime. These funds are collected from fines from defendants convicted of felony, misdemeanor, and some traffic offenses. Victims must contact the victim compensation administrator in the district where the crime occurred to determine eligibility.

Compensation Eligibility Requirements (C.R.S. §24-4.1-108)

  • The crime must be one in which the victim sustained mental or bodily injury, has died, or suffered property damage to locks, windows or doors to residential property as a result of the compensable crime.
  • The victim must agree to cooperate with law enforcement officials including the district attorney and the police.
  • 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 crime occurred on or after July 1, 1982.
  • The application for compensation must be submitted within one year from the date of the crime; or within six months from the date of property damage related crimes.

    Note: The Compensation Board may waive some of these requirements for good cause in the interests of justice.
Compensable Losses

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

  • Medical expenses
  • Mental health expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of support to dependants
  • Funeral expenses
  • Residential property damage, including security doors

Note: Please refer to Colorado Revised Statute (§24-4.1-109) and/or the program administrator in the district where the crime occurred for a comprehensive list of compensable losses and other victim compensation requirements.

For more information and forms, please visit: http://dcj.state.co.us/ovp/Victim%20Comp.html

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