The Virginia Victims Fund (VVF) is a state program created to help victims of violent crime with out of pocket expenses. These can include medical bills, prescriptions, funeral expenses, and many other expenses.
By law, VVF is a payor of last resort, which means applicants are compensated for eligible expenses that have not been and will not be compensated from any other source. This includes health insurance, life insurance, automobile insurance, civil lawsuits, etc.
VVF is funded by fines and fees collected from offenders. No tax dollars are used.
Although nothing can be done to erase these tragic events, VVF may be able to ease some of the financial burdens faced by victims and their families.
VVF provides reimbursement for crime-related expenses to victims who suffer physical injury or death as a result of a crime, or emotional injury as a direct result of being the subject of a violent felony. VVF also administers the Unclaimed Restitution Program, and the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Payment Program.
- Medical and Dental Expenses
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Crime Scene Clean-up
- Temporary Housing
- To medical appointments (for adult and minor victims)
- To court-related appointments (for minor victims)
- Loss of Support
- From an offender removed from the home in domestic violence or child sexual assault cases
- Dependents of homicide victims
- Mental Health Counseling
- For direct victims
- For children who witness domestic violence
- For the immediate family of a homicide victim
- Anyone who was victimized in Virginia
- Virginia Residents who were victimized in a country where Virginia Residents are not eligible for compensation
- A surviving family member who suffered emotional injury due to the murder of a parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent or grandchild
- Any individual who assumes the obligation of paying a deceased victim’s funeral, burial or medical expenses
To apply for benefits with VVF, complete the application by clicking the link below.