Easing the financial burden placed upon victims of violent crimes by providing financial support to aid their recovery.
In the wake of a criminal act, victims and their families often need information, resources and support. As the administrators of the Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Program, ICJI is committed to helping individuals who suffered bodily injury recover and move forward.
Applying for the
Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Program
A person must be a victim of a qualifying crime involving physical injury. The crime must have occurred within the past two years, be a felony or Class A Misdemeanor resulting in bodily injury or death and reported to the police within 72 hours (Note: Victims of sexual assault do not have to report the crime to law enforcement unless they choose to apply for compensation under the Victim Crime Fund for expenses not covered at the time a forensic exam was completed).
Certain family members or other loved ones may also qualify.
Eligibility is contingent on several factors. Individuals who are eligible for assistance from the Indiana Crime Victim Compensation Program include:
- The victim must have sustained a physical injury and incurred a minimum of $100 in out-of-pocket medical expenses for treatment of that injury, as a result of a violent crime.
- The victim must be INNOCENT. In other words, the victim must not have been involved in the crime or the events leading up to the crime.
- The crime must have occurred in Indiana or to a resident of Indiana in a location other than Indiana, if that location does not have a similar Victim Compensation Program.
- The victim or survivors must cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of the crime, as well as with the with the Victim Compensation Unit.
- If the victim was killed as a result of a violent crime, eligible family members include a surviving spouse, dependent child or other legal dependent.
- Someone who was injured or killed trying to prevent a violent crime or giving aid to a law enforcement officer is also eligible.
Individuals who are NOT eligible for assistance from the Indiana Crime Victim Compensation Program include:
- A victim who DID NOT receive a physical/bodily injury as a result of the crime.
- A victim who DID NOT incur $100 in out-of-pocket expenses for treatment of that bodily injury.
- A person injured in a crime that DID NOT occur in Indiana.
- An individual who is incarcerated at the time of their assault, or sustained an injury while participating, attempting or committing a criminal act.
- A person who was injured but the injury was caused by their own contributory misconduct.
Begin Your Application
In Indiana, there are two ways to submit a claim: online and a paper application. Online is the fastest and easiest. Applications must be filed no later than two years after the crime occurred. Once you submit a claim, the investigators will reach out for additional information. It is not necessary to submit medical bills or police reports at the time you file your application.