How to Apply for Victim Compensation

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The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help victims of violent crime pay for crime-related expenses.

For more information, watch the 15-minute CalVCB overview course.

Complete Your Own Application

Fill Out Your Application on Your Computer

  1. Open the application.
  2. Enter your information.
  3. Save a copy to your computer by selecting File > Save.
  4. Print a copy, sign it and date it.
  5. Send your application to the address below.

Fill Out Your Application by Hand

  1. Open the application.
  2. Print a copy.
  3. Enter your information, sign it and date it.
  4. Send your application to the address below.

The completed application must be signed and dated where indicated and mailed to:

California Victim Compensation Board
P.O. Box 3036
Sacramento, CA 95812-3036

To protect your privacy, do not transmit applications or other confidential CalVCB information via e-mail.

Non-English Compensation Applications

Get Help from a Victim Advocate

Find a Local Victim Advocate

A victim advocate walks alongside a victim.
How Do Advocates Help?

Your county has advocates who can help you working in the Victim Witness Assistance Program. Victim advocates provide their services for free.

A victim advocate can help you complete your CalVCB application and personally guide you through the victim compensation process. Advocates can also:

Get Your Claim Processed Faster

If you need help with your application, need an application mailed to you, or have questions about victim compensation, please contact your local county Victim Witness Assistance Program or call our Helpline toll-free at 1-800-777-9229.

These application forms are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use the PDF files you need Adobe Reader version 6 or later. If you don't already have free Adobe Reader software, you can download Adobe's Acrobat Reader.