About the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program
- Crime Victim Compensation Act of Colorado, enacted in 1982, helps victims of crime and their families obtain financial assistance for losses incurred as a result of a crime. Funds are paid through the Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
- Monetary awards are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board, whose 3 members are local citizens appointed by the District Attorney. A victim is required to submit an application to the Board in the judicial district where the crime took place. The process may take up to 60 days. The Board’s decision may be reconsidered via a written request to the Victim Compensation office made within 30 days of receipt of the denial letter.
- By state statute, Crime Victim Compensation is the payer of last resort. All other sources of compensation (private insurance, worker’s compensation, Medicaid/Medicare, etc.) must be exhausted first.