As the administrator of the Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund, ICJI strives to assist victims, or their dependents, with certain costs incurred as a direct result of a violent crime.
The fund pays for forensic exams, outpatient mental health counseling, and limited medical expenses related to a sexual assault. Under state and federal law a victim of a sexual assault cannot be directly billed for services related to the forensic exam or the collection of evidence. If the victim was assaulted in another state but is treated in an Indiana facility, that facility must follow the laws of the state where the crime occurred.
Indiana Code defines a violent crime as a felony or Class A misdemeanor that results in bodily injury or death to the victim. Persons eligible for assistance from this fund include:
- Innocent victims of eligible violent crimes, including a motor vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver;
- A parent, surviving spouse, dependent child or other legal dependent of an innocent victim who has been killed as a result of an eligible violent crime, including a motor vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver; or
- A person who is injured or killed trying to prevent a violent crime or giving aid to a law enforcement officer.
Other requirements include:
- The crime must have taken place in Indiana;
- The victim must have incurred a minimum out-of-pocket loss of $100;
- The crime must have been reported to the police within 72 hours
(Note: Victims of sexual assault do not have to report the crime to law enforcement unless they choose to apply for compensation under the Victim Crime Fund for expenses not covered at the time a forensic exam was completed);
- The victim or survivors must cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of the crime;
- An application for benefits must be filed no later than 180 days after the crime occurred;
- Medical expenses must be incurred within 180 days of the crime, but can be extended under certain circumstances.
A maximum award of up to $15,000 may be available to help cover expenses resulting from any one injury or death. Eligible crime-related expenses include:
- Medical bills;
- Up to $5,000 for funeral and burial or cremation expenses;
- Up to $3,000 for outpatient mental health counseling;
- Lost wages;
- Under certain circumstances loss of support to legal dependants of an employed crime victim who is killed;
- Reasonable child care services;
- Limited attorney fees related to a successful appeal; and
- Emergency shelter services.
Emergency funding may be available to assist victims of crime who are faced with an immediate financial hardship resulting from the crime that has led to the need of services. An application must be filed before an emergency award determination is made.
Note: You are still legally responsible for the payment of your bills associated with the crime. Filing an application does not prevent service providers from taking collection steps against you. If you application is approved, you will be reimbursed for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Applications are available online, by contacting your local law enforcement agency or the Victim Services department of your county prosecutor's office. We strongly encourage eligible victims to complete the online application, but if that is not an option completed applications may be mailed, hand delivered, or faxed to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute at: 101 W. Washington Street, Suite 1170 East, Indianapolis, IN 46204; Fax: 317-233-3912.
Applications for benefits must be filed no later than 180 days after the crime occurred. Do not wait until the suspect is arrested or convicted. It is not necessary to submit medical bills or police reports at the time you file your application. Additional information will be requested throughout the investigation process.
If you have questions about completing the application, contact the Violent Crime Victim Compensation division at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 800-353-1484. Victims may also inquire about the status of their compensation application by logging into the online system using their assigned claim number and four-digit PIN, or by calling the toll-free number and asking for their assigned claims analyst. To maintain confidentiality, information will only be provided to the legal applicant, unless the division receives written authorization from the victim or claimant to speak to a third party.
If you are an organization that would like to request application forms, please contact the Violent Crime Victim Compensation staff at 800-353-1484.