Compensation For Missouri Crime Victims

Published: April 22, 2024
A pile of $100 bills for CVC Missouri Crime Compensation

If you or a family member have been the victim of a crime in Missouri, you may be entitled to compensation.

A little-known program in Missouri could provide financial assistance to you if you or a family member have been the victim of crime and meet other specific requirements set forth in the law.

Missouri’s Department of Public Safety Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program, which “financially assists people who have sustained physical, emotional, or mental harm or trauma resulting from violent crime occurring in Missouri.”

If you are eligible, the CVC Program could pay for:

  • Medical, dental, and counseling costs;
  • Lost wages;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Loss of support to a victim’s dependents;
  • Temporary lodging;
  • Replacement costs for clothing and bedding;
  • Replacement or repair of locks at the victim’s residence;
  • Dependent care.

However, to be eligible for assistance, several conditions must be met, including:

  • The crime must have been reported to the proper authorities;
  • The victim must cooperate with law enforcement;
  • The victim must not have contributed to their injury;
  • The victim must not have been in the commission of a crime;
  • The application must be made within 2 years of the crime date;

Additionally, compensation is only available for crime-related financial losses that are not covered by other sources such as insurance, restitution, Medicaid/Medicare, a civil suit for personal injury or wrongful death, Workers’ Compensation, Paid sick or annual leave, and crowdsourcing such as fundraisers.

It’s important to note that there are maximum benefit levels, such as $5,000 for funeral expenses, and up to $400 per week for lost wages. Total maximum benefits are capped as well, so increase your chances by having competent counsel help you apply.

If you believe you may qualify for relief, let the civil law attorneys at Newton Barth assist you with preparing and submitting your application to the CVC Program. We will help you obtain, prepare, and submit documentation in support of your claim. Eligibility and compensation through the program is not guaranteed.

For some victims of a violent crime—which means that the offender used force or violence or the threat of force or violence—the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program could be a valuable resource.