Who's Eligible

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To be eligible for compensation, a person must be a victim of a qualifying crime involving physical injury, threat of physical injury or death. For certain crimes, emotional injury alone is enough to qualify. Certain family members and loved ones who suffer an economic loss from an injury to, or death of, a victim of a crime may also be eligible for compensation.

The Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help victims and family members of victims of crimes such as:

In addition to being the victim of a qualifying violent crime, applicants must also:

Child Witnesses to Violent Crime

Minors who suffer emotional injuries from witnessing a violent crime may be eligible for up to $5,000 for mental health counseling through CalVCB. A law that went into effect in 2009 allows the minor witness to be eligible for assistance even if he or she is unrelated to the crime victim. To qualify, the minor witness must have been in close proximity to the crime.