Reimbursement and Restitution
The Division of Victim Services can help to assist you with recovering losses you incur as a result of a crime. Victims may seek reimbursement assistance through the California Victim Compensation Program and/or through direct restitution from a convicted criminal offender. Below, you will find helpful tools to assist you with the process. Please contact an Advocate at the Division of Victim Services to assist you with your reimbursement or restitution questions.
The California Victim Compensation Program:
In Riverside County, an important component of providing help to victims of crime is the Claims Verification Unit. The claims team will work diligently to process your California Victim Compensation (CalVCP) application.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
CalVCP can help pay crime-related expenses when there is no other source of reimbursement. Victims of crime who have been injured or have been threatened with injury may be eligible for help.
- The program may assist with costs such as medical and dental treatment, mental health services, funeral and burial expenses, home security, residential crime scene cleanup and emergency relocation.
- Both the victim and their family members or other dependents may be eligible.
- If a person is disabled as a result of the crime, CalVCP also assists with wage loss, dependent support loss, job retraining and home or vehicle modifications.
- The program can help pay moving expenses such as first and last month's rent, deposits and temporary lodging - if a victim needs to relocate for their own safety or emotional well-being.
- Minors who suffer emotional injuries as a result of witnessing a violent crime may be eligible for mental health counseling. California law provides this eligibility for witnesses under age 18 even if the witness is unrelated to the crime victim. To qualify, the minor witness must have been in close proximity to the crime.
- In most cases, the program does not cover property losses.
For more information on eligibility requirements or assistance with applying for the program, contact the Division of Victim Services to speak with an Advocate.
DIRECT RESTITUTION THROUGH THE CRIMINAL CASE:
Victims of crime have the right to request the defendant be responsible for crime-related losses. Restitution can be ordered at the time of sentencing. To request a restitution order, please contact the Division of Victim Services and speak with an Advocate. We will need receipts, estimates, invoices or other documentation for each loss amount claimed. If you have questions about how to document your loss, below you will find some helpful tools to assist you: