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In 1978, the Indiana General Assembly enacted into law a program to provide financial assistance for victims of violent crime. As the administrators of the Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund, the Victim Compensation division assists victims or their dependents with medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and outpatient counseling.
For victims of sexual assault, the fund also allows payment of expenses resulting from the collection of evidence (rape kit) as well as outpatient counseling services.
The Victim Services Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute provides a variety of programs geared toward helping victims and those who assist them. Program funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, a percentage of court fees collected statewide, work release money, restitution payments, 75% of punitive damages awarded in Indiana, and state appropriations.
Indiana Code defines a violent crime as a felony or Class A misdemeanor that results in bodily injury or death to the victim. Persons eligible for assistance from this fund include:
Other requirements include:
A maximum award of up to $15,000 MAY be available to help cover expenses resulting from any one injury or death. Eligible crime related expenses include:
Emergency funding is available to assist victims of crime who are faced with an immediate financial hardship resulting from the crime that has led to the need of services. An application must be filed before an emergency award determination is made.
Note: You are still legally responsible for the payment of your bills associated with the crime. Filing an application will not stop providers from taking collection steps against you. If you application is approved, you will be reimbursed for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Applications are available from this website or by contacting your local law enforcement agency or the Victim Services department of your county prosecutor's office. Completed applications can be mailed, hand delivered, or faxed to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute at: 101 W. Washington Street, Suite 1170 East, Indianapolis, IN 46204; Fax: (317) 233-3912.
Applications for benefits must be filed no later than 180 days after the crime occurred. You do not need to wait until the suspect is arrested or convicted. It is not necessary to submit medical bills or police reports at the time you file your application. Additional information will be requested during the course of the investigation.
If you have questions about filling out the application, you can contact the Violent Crime Victim Compensation division toll-free at (800) 353-1484. Victims may also inquire about the status of their compensation application at this number. For confidentiality reasons, information will be provided only to the legal applicant.
If you are an organization that would like to request application forms, please contact the Violent Crime Victim Compensation division at (800) 353-1484.