If you are the direct victim of a violent crime, (for example, if you’ve been jumped, shot, stabbed) you are generally eligible for compensation. To apply for compensation, you must file a claim form in the state where the crime occurred, and the first step in this process is to visit the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.
The application process is challenging because the paperwork must be filled out in ways that are not always obvious. Most people get turned down the first, and even second, time they apply. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you apply with the help of a victim assistance program. These programs can help ensure you submit all the paperwork necessary to determine if you are eligible for assistance.
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