Crime Victim Compensation

What Is Crime Victim Compensation?

If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Crime Victim Compensation Program of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office may be able to help.  The program helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime.  The program is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals, not taxpayers.

Can Crime Victim Compensation Help Me?

The program helps many victims and survivors of crime, listed below.  For questions about whether you qualify, contact your local program or the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. 

  • Crime Victims who are physically or emotionally injured in a violent crime in Iowa.
  • Survivors of a homicide victim.
  • Crime Victims injured in crimes of drunk, hit and run, or recklessness driving or boating; vehicular homicide, or the use of a vehicle as a weapon.
  • A victim’s spouse, children, parents, siblings and person(s) residing in the household at the time of the crime.
  • Iowans injured by a violent crime in a state or nation without a federally approved crime victim compensation program.
  • A person, regardless of income or resources, injured by a compensable crime in Iowa, who has certain out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime.

What Expenses Does Crime Victim Compensation Cover?

The program can help pay for certain crime related expenses when costs are not covered by insurance, other government programs or other sources.  Crime related expenses can include medical care, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses.  Some other expenses the program can help pay for include crime scene clean up, replacement of clothing held as evidence, replacement of security items, child/dependent care, housing/shelter expenses, relocation expenses and travel.  The program cannot, however, pay for property loss, property repair, legal fees, phone bills, meals or pain and suffering.

How Do I Apply?

Applying for crime victim compensation can be done through mail, telephone or online application found here.    You do not need a lawyer to apply.  Eligibility determination may take up to eight weeks.  For help filling out an application, feel free to contact your local program or call the Iowa Attorney General’s Office toll free at 1.800.373.5044.