CalVCB is a state program that helps victims of violent crime by paying for services that they need due to the crime. CalVCB will only pay for crime-related expenses that are not covered by any other source.

Updates

CalVCB 101 for Advocates

CalVCB 101 for Advocates will be presented live through WebEx on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. To participate, please register below.

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New Legislation

AB 1140 (Bonta) ― Victim Compensation Program Modernization
This bill modernizes Victim Compensation Program statutes by making a number of changes to eligibility and benefits.
Effective 1/1/16 (Chapter 569, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1629 (Bonta) — Crime Victims Compensation: Reimbursement of Violence Peer Counseling Expenses
This bill expands the Victim Compensation Program’s reimbursement of mental health counseling expenses to include peer counseling services provided by a service organization for victims of violent crime.
Effective 1/1/15 (Chapter 535, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2264 (Levine) — Victim Compensation: Guide, Signal, or Service Dogs
This bill provides that an individual with a disability whose guide, signal, or service dog is disabled or killed due to a criminal act is eligible for compensation from the Victim Compensation Program. Compensation may include up to a total of $10,000 for the reimbursement of veterinary bills, replacement costs of the dog, or other reasonable costs deemed appropriate by a court.
Effective 1/1/15 (Chapter 502, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2545 (Lowenthal) — Victims of Crime: Military Sexual Assault
This bill prohibits denial of a Victim Compensation Program application with respect to a claim based on sexual assault committed by military personnel against military personnel, solely because the sexual assault was not reported to a superior officer or law enforcement at the time of the crime.
Effective 1/1/15 (Chapter 506, Statutes of 2014)

Eligibility

How to Apply

Each person seeking assistance must complete a separate application.

Additional forms or verification documents may be required, including when requesting an Emergency Award (EA), relocation assistance, or compensation for income loss.

Make sure that every section of the application is complete. Also, include copies of available crime reports, bills, receipts and supporting documentation with the application.

Forms

For relocation, home security, verification, and other forms, see the CalVCB Forms page.

For a two-page guide to CalVCB benefits, download the CalVCB Quick Reference Guide.

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Compensation Benefit Reference Guide

(11″ × 8.5″ | 214 KB | pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an adult who witnesses a covered crime qualify for compensation?

No. Only a minor witness is eligible for Program benefits. Derivatives are not allowed on a minor witness claim.

Does a victim have to be resident of California to qualify for CalVCB benefits?

At the time of the crime, a victim must be either, a resident of California, a member of the military stationed in California or a family member living with a member of the military stationed in California.

Is stalking a covered crime?

Yes. Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his/her safety, or the safety of his/her immediate family, is guilty of the qualifying crime of stalking.

Publications

CalVCB has several informative brochures for victims. To order free printed copies of these materials, send us a materials request form.

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Restitution for Victims

(4″ × 7″ | 1.24 MB | pdf)

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CalVCB Fact Sheets

(8.5″ × 11″ | pdf)

Contact

Victim advocates who have questions about CalVCB or need assistance in handling a crime victim's claim may:

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