Are there benefits for family members of victims?

If your loved one was murdered:
  • You can apply to VVF for grief counseling as the spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, or child of a homicide victim. This benefit is capped at $3,500 per person.
  • Dependents of homicide victim are entitled to receive support from VFF. Social Security Death Benefits would be applied first, with VVF supplementing those benefits.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child victim:
  • You can claim benefits under the Fund on behalf of your child. This includes mileage to doctors, counselors, and court appearances, along with several other benefits.
  • We can pay for some counseling sessions for you that specifically address parenting and care of a traumatized child.