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
The Indiana Victim Compensation Program was established as a fund of last resort to financially compensate innocent victims who were injured as a result of a violent crime. In the case of death, dependent relatives may be eligible for compensation. Victims and claimants who meet the eligibility requirements may receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and other unforeseen costs related to the crime. To find out if you may be eligible for compensation, please review the requirements below.
Who is eligible?
✔ Innocent victims of a violent crime.
✔ A surviving parent, spouse, dependent child or other legal dependent of an innocent victim who has been killed as a result of any violent crime.
✔ A person who was injured or killed trying to prevent a violent crime or giving aid to a law enforcement officer.
✔ Recent change: Starting July 1, 2022, family members of victims who have paid a portion of funeral or burial costs and children who were eyewitnesses to the crime but were not physically injured are eligible for compensation.
Who is NOT eligible?
⦻ 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.
⦻ A person who sustained an injury while participating, attempting or committing a criminal act.
⦻ An individual who is incarcerated at the time of their assault.
Additional eligibility requirements
Additionally, a victim must meet the following conditions to be eligible for compensation:
✔ The crime must have taken place in Indiana.
✔ The crime must have resulted in bodily injury or death.
✔ The victim must have incurred a minimum of $100 in out-of-pocket expenses.
✔ The crime must have occurred within the past two years.
✔ The crime must have been reported to the police within 72 hours.
Exception: Starting July 1, 2022, victims of sexual assault who have had a forensic exam conducted DO NOT have to report the crime to law enforcement.
✔ The victim or survivors must have been cooperative in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
Exception: Starting July 1, 2022, victims of sexual assault who have had a forensic exam conducted are eligible for compensation, whether or not they choose to involve the police.
Indiana Code defines a violent crime as a felony or Class A misdemeanor that results in bodily injury or death to the victim.
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.