Victim Compensation

Victims Compensation Services reimburses citizens who suffer medical expenses and lost wages as a result of being an innocent victim of a crime committed in North Carolina. Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and drunk driving, as well as the families of homicide victims are eligible to apply for financial help.

Since 1987, Victims Compensation Services has assisted innocent victims and their families to heal from the devastating effects of criminal violence with payments for a diversity of needs, including medical care, counseling, lost wages and funerals. Like other compensation programs, North Carolina is a payer of last resort paying for financial losses not covered by other sources, including, but not limited to:

  • Health Insurance
  • Auto or disability insurance
  • Public funds such as Medicaid
  • Workers Compensation
  • Restitution paid by an offender

The program does NOT compensate victims for damaged or stolen property or for pain and suffering.

A maximum of $30,000 may be paid for an award, except when the victim dies as a result of the crime. In that case, an additional $3,500 may be paid to the survivors for funeral expenses. Benefits for approved claims are paid directly to a service provider.

While no amount of money can erase the trauma and grief victims suffer, this aid can be crucial in the recovery process. By paying for care that restores victims' physical and mental health, and by replacing lost income for victims who cannot work and for families who lose a breadwinner, compensation programs are helping victims regain their lives and their financial stability.

Questions

Call the Rape Victim Assistance Program at 1-800-826-6200, 1-800-826-6200 (within NC) or (919) 733-7974. Read the N.C. General Statute 14-27.2 on First Degree Rape.

Or, write: Division of Victims Compensation Services
4703 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4703
FAX: (919) 715-4209