The California Victim Compensation Board provides an array of resources and compensation for victims of crime. In addition, the Board also provides financial assistance and other resources to family members of individuals who are the victims of certain crimes. This comprehensive guide is designed to provide you essential information about the California Victim Compensation Board.
Eligibility for Assistance
In order to be eligible for assistance via the California Victim Compensation Board a person must establish that he or she is the victim of a crime that involves:
- Physical injury
- The threat of physical injury
- Emotional injury (in certain circumstances)
In addition, certain individuals (spouses, children, parents) may qualify for compensation to cover economic losses sustained from an injury to or death of a family member who was the victim of a covered crime.
Examples of crimes covered by the Board include (but are not limited to):
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
- Sexual assault
- Elder abuse
- Hate crimes
- Drunk driving
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Human trafficking
- Online harassment
Other requirements for assistance are:
- Must be a resident of California or the victim of a crime that occurred in California.
- Must report the crime to the police, sheriff, child protective services, or some other law enforcement agency.
- In most cases, apply to the Board within three years of the date the crime was committed.
- Cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
- Not have been involved in or committed a felony in the events that lead up to the crime.
- Cooperate with the Board by providing the information needed to review the application when requested.
Expenses Covered by the California Victim Compensation Board
The California Victim Compensation Board provides compensation for a number of crime-related expenses. This list is not exhaustive. Thus, if you believe you have had a loss that is not found on this list, you should contact the Board and ascertain whether or not it is something that the agency will provide compensation to you.
- Crime scene clean up
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Home or vehicle modifications for victims who became disabled
- Medical and dental treatment
- Income loss
- Mental health services
- Residential security
- Service dog
Crime Scene Cleanup
The Board will pay up to $1,000 for crime scene cleanup. As a crime scene cleanup company with extensive experience working with individuals and families during difficult times, Eco Bear has established a flat fee program for crime scene cleanup that never exceeds the $1,000 available from the Board. This proves to be the most reasonable and compassionate fee arrangement in the industry.
Funeral and Burial Expenses
The Board will provide assistance in paying for funeral and burial expenses to a victim who died during the commission of a crime up to $7,500. The compensation will be paid to whoever assumes responsibility for the costs associated with the funeral and burial.
Medical and Dental Expenses
The Fund will pay up to what is called the “application maximum” for medical or dental expense reimbursement. Currently, the application maximum is $70,000.
The Fund will provide income loss to a victim of the crime of up to the application of a maximum of $70,000. In addition, the fund will provide support compensation to dependents of a person killed during the commission of crime up to this $70,000 amount.
Mental Health Services
The Board will pay up to $10,000 to cover costs for mental health assistance and support to a victim of crime. The same benefit is available to family members of a person killed during the commission of a crime. These family members include:
- Domestic Partner
- Fiancé or Fiancée
If a victim of crime requires a service dog as a result of that crime, the Board will pay too $10,000 to obtain a service canine.
Compensation Benefit Reference Guide
The amount of compensation paid by the Board for a crime-related loss can change. The most up to date information on compensation provided by the Board is found in the Compensation Benefit Reference Guide.
Apply for Victim Compensation
The application for crime victim compensation is to be downloaded and completed in its entirety. Once completed, the application and supporting documentation needs to be mailed to:
California Victim Compensation Board
P.O. Box 3036
Sacramento, CA 95812-3036
Due to privacy considerations, applications are not accepted via email.
Supporting documentation that must accompany the application includes:
- A police report of the crime
- Bills and receipts
- Other documents related to crime and your losses
The application for assistance from the California Victim Compensation Board is available in a number of languages:
Victim Witness Assistance Centers
The California Victim Compensation Board has established 59 Victim Witness Assistance Centers throughout the state of California. (An interactive map is found at this link that can connect you with any Victim Witness Center in the state.) There is one in each county plus an additional center for the residents of the City of Los Angeles. Information on the Centers serving Southern California is found at:
Los Angeles County
City of Los Angeles
Orange County – Community Service Programs, Inc.
Central Justice Center
700 Civic Center Dr. West, Room 292
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Contact: (714) 834-4350
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
3960 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Contact: (951) 955-5400
Santa Barbara County
Contact: (805) 568-2400
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
330 W. Broadway, Suite 1300
San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: (619) 531-4040
Victim Services: (619) 531-4041