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Victims of violent crime and family members, domestic partners or household members of deceased victims may have significant out-of-pocket expenses through no fault of their own. Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) helps pay for unreimbursed eligible expenses that result from the crime.
Crime Victim Compensation helps pay for unreimbursed expenses that are the result of crimes causing personal injury or death. In the case of a victim’s death, family or household members may be eligible to receive compensation.
General guidelines for individuals seeking Crime Victim Compensation
For an eligible claim, up to $40,000 is available for expenses that are the result of a crime including
Other than the items listed above and medically assistive devices such as prescription glasses, stolen or damaged personal property including cash is not covered. A victim is not eligible for Crime Victim Compensation if only property damage or loss occurred.
Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) pays only expenses that are not paid or payable by other sources available to you such as private or group insurance, public funding, or payments made by the offender. Please call CVC if you have questions (800) 446-6564.
Once your application is received, a specialist will be assigned to your claim. Additional information such as employment or medical records may be requested.
After the information in your application is verified, you will be notified by letter whether or not your claim is eligible for compensation In most cases it takes three to four months to reach the decision depending on the complexity of the claim.
If your claim is denied, the reason will be explained in writing. Information on appealing the denial will be included.
Crime Victim Compensation may provide financial help to victims of crimes that are compensable according to Wisconsin law. Examples of compensable crimes include
Injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle
Our staff is available to assist victims, applicants, providers and other stakeholders with questions regarding the Crime Victim Compensation Program.
Fax: (608) 264-6368
Phone in Madison area: (608) 264-9497
Toll-free: (800) 446-6564
TTY: (800) 947-3529
PO Box 7951
Madison, WI 53707-7951
Crime Victim Compensation Program Brochure