About the Victim Compensation Board

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The California Victim Compensation Board

The California Victim Compensation Board is a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for many crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a direct result of a violent crime. CalVCB funding comes from restitution paid by criminal offenders through fines, orders, penalty assessments and federal funds.

History of the California Victim Compensation Board

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In 1965, California created the nation’s first victim compensation program, which was administered by the Department of Social Welfare. Responsibility for this program was transferred to the Board of Control in 1967.

To more accurately reflect its increasing roles and responsibilities, the Board of Control was renamed the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) in 2001, overseeing the California Victim Compensation Program, the Revenue Recovery Program and the Government Claims Program.

In 2016, the Government Claims Program was transferred to the Department of General Services, and VCGCB became known as the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB).

Today, CalVCB is housed under the Government Operations Agency and administers the Victim Compensation Program, the Revenue Recovery Program, Claims of Erroneously Convicted Felons, the Good Samaritan Act and the Missing Children Reward Program.