The State of Georgia has a program to assist victims of crime with crime related expenses. The program can help compensate victims for financial hardship (lost wages or loss of support), medical, mental health counseling and funeral expenses.
Victims who have been physically injured are eligible for compensation. Victims of violent crimes such as assault/battery, homicide, child abuse, sexual assault, domestic/family violence, and DUI crashes can be eligible.
There are certain requirements that must be met in order to be an eligible applicant. These requirements are statutory, some of which are listed below.
- Victim must be an innocent victim of a violent crime (must have a physical injury).
- Can not pay for property loss or property crime.
- The crime must be reported to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours of occurrence.
- The victim or claimant must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials.
- A Criminal History will be run on all victims.
- Unless good cause is shown, applications must be submitted within one year of the incident.
- Applications received two years after the crime can not be considered for compensation.
- The victim must not be the offender or any accomplice of the offender.
- The victim must not have contributed to the offense.
For more information or to receive an application, please call the Victim Witness Program at 770.822.8444.