If you or a family member are the innocent victim of a crime in Pennsylvania, or are hurt trying to apprehend a suspected criminal, you may be eligible for compensation from the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund. The Crime Victim's Compensation Fund is separate from the restitution that is allowed by state criminal statute.
For those who qualify, the Compensation Fund may reimburse for the following:
Loss of Earnings
Loss of Support (in homicide cases)
Stolen Cash Benefit (Social Security, Retirement, Pension)
Replacement of cash that has been stolen or defrauded from the victim.
Payment of hospital bills, doctor and or dentist bills, physical therapy charges, medications, and ambulance bills.
Payment to repair or the replacement of eyeglasses or other corrective lenses, hearing aids, canes, walkers, and dental devices either stolen or damaged as a result of the crime.
Payment for home nursing care (including personal hygiene) and services provided by someone who replaces services the victim normally provided himself/herself, but cannot due to the crime.
Phone: (717) 783-1550
The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate personal and institutional violence against women through programs providing support and safety to battered women, direct services, public information and education, systems advocacy and social change activities. The members of PCADV work toward this goal through supportive, cooperative practices in all aspects of our individual programs and collective efforts.
CVC assists clients in applying for Crime Victims Compensation. This page contains general information on the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP). For more detailed information, to obtain Crime Victims Compensation Forms and/or for assistance in filing Crime Victims Compensation call one of CVC’s 24-hour hotlines, 610-692-7420 or 610-692-7273.
VCAP, administered by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), helps victims and their families ease the financial burdens they may face as a result of a crime. Although compensation will not erase the fact that the crime has occurred, it can help victims to begin the healing and recovery process. There may be factors other than those listed below that may determine whether a crime victim may qualify for compensation.