Victims of Crime in Virginia

People impacted by crime in Virginia can apply for assistance with reasonable and necessary expenses that arise from the crime. These can include:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Prescriptions
  • Crime-Scene Clean-Up
  • Moving
  • Temporary Housing
  • Mileage
    • to medical appointments
    • to court-related appointments for child victims
  • Loss of Support
    • From an Offender removed from the home in domestic violence or child sexual-assault cases
    • Dependents of Homicide Victims
  • Counseling
    • For direct victims
    • For children who witness domestic violence
    • For the immediate family of a homicide victim

There are some eligibility requirements defined by Virginia law. However, there is some flexibility for child victims and other special circumstances. Contacting VVF or a local victim advocate may help in understanding these criteria.

The eligibility criteria are laid out below:

  • must cooperate with law-enforcement agencies and the courts
  • was not involved in illegal activity which caused the crime
  • did not provoke or willingly take part in the crime
  • was committed in Virginia, or a country where Virginia residents are not eligible for compensation
  • was reported to a law-enforcement agency within 120 hours (5 days), unless there is good reason for the delay