Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rape and Victims Assistance

In my situation the state pressed the charges against the organism. So the Crime Victims Advocate signed me up for the Victims assistance on May 19, 2008. Yes on May 19th, I have recieved no assistance yet.

Now I know that the Victims assistance if a great program and for those who are not familiar with it here is a brief explanation of what victims assistance is in my state.

The Crime Victim Compensation Program is for individuals who have suffered personal injury from a violent crime. The compensation Program helps victims with out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime, and it is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals (not by taxpayers).

People who are eligle are:

Victims physically or emotionally injured in a violent crime in my state

Victims of drivers or boaters injured in crimes of intoxication, hit and run, recklessness, vehicular homicide or the use of the vehicle as a weapon.

A victim’s spouse, children, parents, siblings, and person(s) residing in the household at the time of the crime.

Survivors of a homicide victim.


In my state:

You must report the crime to local law enforcement within 72 hours, unless there is a just cause for not doing so.

You must apply to the program within 2 years of the date of the crime, or show good cause for the delay.

You must NOT have consented to, provoked, or incited the crime.

You must NOT have been attempting, assisting or committing a criminal act causing your injuries.

They say it takes about 8 weeks to determine program eligibility. Payment will be made when all required information is received, my information was recieved in June and still nothing. However, once payment has been made, the program does seek restitution from the offender, unless it would threaten the safety of the victim.

Here at The Office for Victims of Crime is a list of Victims Assistance Programs from state and state.



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