Florida Crime Victim Compensation

What Is Florida Crime Victim Compensation?

Financial compensation to eligible persons who are victims of crime. Your victim advocate will assist you with the application process.

Victim Compensation Brochure

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Who Qualifies?

Any victim who received personal injury or survivors of someone who was killed as a result of a felony or misdemeanor crime punishable under federal or state laws, including DUI and hit and run. Also any elderly or disabled adult who suffered a property loss as a result of a crime.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

The victim or applicant must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials, the State Attorney's Office, and the Attorney General's Office.

The victim must have suffered a physical, psychiatric, or psychological injury, or death, as a result of the crime. (Exceptions may apply.)

The crime must be reported to law enforcement within three days after it happened, unless there is good reason for reporting it later.

The claim must be filed within one year of the crime, up to two years if there is good reason for not filing the claim. Exceptions are made for minor children.

The victim must not have contributed to the circumstances that caused the crime, injury, or death.

The victim was not engaged in an unlawful activity at the time of the crime.

Victim who is 60 years or older or a disabled adult who suffers a loss of tangible personal property as a result of a criminal or delinquent act may receive a property loss reimbursement.

Victims who need immediate assistance to escape from a domestic violence environment may receive financial assistance to relocate.

Criminal history record check will be performed through the Florida Crime Information Center for all victims and claimants. Persons who have been adjudicated as an habitual felony offender, habitual violent offender, or violent career criminals, and persons who have been adjudicated guilty of a forcible felony offense are not eligible to receive benefits.

Who Can Apply?

Any adult victim who has been physically injured as a result of a crime.

The parent or guardian of a minor or incompetent victim that has been injured as a result of a crime.

The parent or guardian of a minor victim less than 16 years old who was present at the scene of a violent crime, who saw or heard the crime, and who suffered psychological injury but was not physically injured.

The spouse, parent, sibling, or adult child of a deceased victim.

Any elderly or disabled adult who lost property as a result of a crime.

Contact your victim advocate to obtain a Crime Compensation application, and for assistance in completing the form

Brevard (321) 617-7555
Seminole (407) 665-6112

Or, you may print the application form:
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Once again, your victim advocate will assist you with completing the application. Return the completed form to the State Attorney's Office.

In Brevard County, return the completed application form to

Victim Witness Services
Office of the State Attorney
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. D
Viera, Florida 32940
Fax - 321-617-7556
Email - vws@sa18.state.fl.us

In Seminole County, return the completed application form to

Victim Witness Services
Office of the State Attorney
P.O. Box 8006
Sanford, FL 32772-8006
Fax - 407-665-6004
Email - vws@sa18.state.fl.us

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