Victims Compensation

The Victims Compensation Program, created by PA Act 139 of July 1976, was established to assist victims who have suffered a financial loss as the direct result of a crime.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was the tenth state in the nation to establish a compensation program to help victims and their families by easing the burden that violent crime imposes upon them. Individuals who are injured during a crime may be compensated for uninsured or non-reimbursable expenses. The Victims Compensation Fund is the payer of last resort, which means all claimants must utilize ALL other sources of insurances, benefits or settlements that could pay for the expenses. A trained advocate is available to assist the victim throughout this entire process.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The crime must occur in Pennsylvania or to a Pennsylvania resident who was injured or killed in a terrorist attack in a foreign country.
  • Must be reported to the proper authorities within 72 hours (unless good cause is shown).
  • Claim form must be filed within two years of the crime. In cases of child abuse, filing may be extended to the age of 23 or the statute of limitations expire.
  • The victim did not participate in illegal activity that caused the injury.

Types of Benefits:

  • Medical, Pharmacy and Funeral Expenses
  • Counseling
  • Forensic Rape Exams
  • Loss of Earnings and/or Support
  • Stolen Benefit Cash (SSI, SSDI, Pensions)
  • Travel Expenses
  • Home Care and Child Care
  • Emergency Awards up to $1,500
  • Crime Scene Clean-up
  • Relocation Expenses

Most benefits have a cap of $35,000.00, however, some benefits have individual caps within the that limit.

Most of our services are free and strictly confidential.

If you are interested, call us at 724-438-1470 or send us an email regarding victims compensation services in Fayette County, PA.