WHO CAN GET HELP UNDER THE CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM?
Victims who have been physically or emotionally injured in a compensable crime.
Victims of murder, manslaughter, homicide, vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, careless driving resulting in death, hit & run resulting in death, DUI as defined in section 42-4-1301(1) or (2), assault, sexual assault on a child or an adult, incest, child abuse, menacing, domestic violence, kidnapping, robbery.
Survivors of homicide.
GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS
The crime must have been committed on or after July 1, 1982, in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, or Saguache County, Colorado.
The applicant must be a victim or a dependent of a crime.
The police must have been notified within 72 hours after the crime.
The victim must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials.
The death or injury to the victim must not have been due to his/her wrongful act or substantial provocation of his/her assailant(s).
The claim must be filed with one year from the date of injury; six months from the date of residential property damage.
If the victim has insurance, insurance benefits must be used before victim compensation funds can be awarded. If the victim is eligible for hospital indigent programs, the victim must apply to those programs first.
Emergency Awards: With a completed application, police report & letter from victim. Not to exceed $500.
Some of the requirements may be waived in the “interest of justice” by the Victim Compensation Board.
LOSSES THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED:
Reasonable medical and hospital expenses (up to $20,000.00) and expenses incurred for dentures, eyeglasses, hearing aids, or ther prosthetic or medically necessary devices.(Limited)
Property damage to doors, locks or windows of residential dwellings not exceeding $500.00 and not less than $25.00.
Crime related counseling. (LImited)
Grief counseling for survivors of homicide victims. (Limited)Payments for counseling are contingent upon availability of funds.
COMPENSATION DOES NOT COVER:
Loss of money or any personal property such as televisions, stereos, clothes, food or jewelry.
Damaged or stolen vehicles;
Rent, moving costs, utility deposits;
Pain and suffering;
Non-residential doors, locks, and windows.
An arrest or conviction does not have to be made in order to be eligible for funding, however, a crime must have been reported to police.
Processing and presenting your claim to the Board may take up to 60 days from receipt of application.
When all or part of a request for compensation is denied, the claimant may request a hearing for reconsideration by the Crime Victim Compensation Board. Procedure for reconsideration is outlined in the application.
Contact the Office of the District Attorney at the number listed below and an application will be sent to you or you may download the application at the link below.
VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND APPLICATION
The Crime Victim Compensation Program can not erase the painful memories of a crime, but we hope it can be help in your recovery and ease the financial burdens. If you have any questions please contact:
Office of the District Attorney
426 San Juan Avenue
Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 589-3691 Phone
(719) 589-2734 Fax