Financial Assistance for Losses
Under California law (Government Code Sections 13959-13969.3), qualifying victims of crime may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime when these losses cannot be reimbursed by other sources.
The Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
administers California's Crime Victim Compensation Program. For more information, call (209) 385-7385.
The program may cover the following losses:
Personal Property Losses
- Medical / dental
- Mental health counseling
- Wage / income
- Financial support
- Funeral / burial
- Job retraining
Personal property losses, including cash, are not eligible for reimbursement. The program also cannot reimburse applicants for expenses related to the prosecution of an alleged perpetrator or compensate applicants for pain and suffering.
However, losses not covered by this program may be recoverable either through court-ordered restitution as a part of a convicted perpetrator's criminal sentence or through the enforcement of a judgment obtained in a civil lawsuit against the alleged perpetrator.