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Helping Crime Victims

Crime Victim Compensation Program

The Crime Victim Compensation Act was established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1973 with the primary goal of helping to reduce the financial burden imposed on victims of violent crime and their families. The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program can provide eligible victims and their families with up to $27,000 in financial assistance for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime.

The Crime Victim Compensation Act states that the Office of the Attorney General has the statutory duty to process all claims by investigating each claim to determine the claimant’s eligibility. The Attorney General’s office then makes a preliminary recommendation to award or deny compensation. Ultimately, the Court of Claims makes the final decision.

If you or someone you love is having difficulty coping with the long-term effects of a violent crime, please call our toll-free Crime Victims Assistance Line for more information about compensation and other statewide victim services: 1-800-228-3368 (Voice) 1-877-398-1130 (TTY).

Applying for Crime Victim Compensation

The application for Crime Victim Compensation is available to complete and submit online or download. Several resources are available to explain the process and assist with completing the application.

Read or Download:

Crime Victim Compensation Instructions and Application (English) (en Español) (Polsku)


Crime Victim Compensation “Filling out the Application” Video (English) (en Español)

Crime Victim Compensation “Process Overview” Video (English)

Posters, Fliers and Brochures

Fact Sheets:

  • Crime Victim Compensation - Frequently Asked Questions
    (English) (en Español)

  • Crime Victim Compensation - Frequently Asked Questions by Domestic Violence Victims (English) (en Español)

  • Crime Victim Compensation - Frequently Asked Questions by Sexual Assault Victims (English) (en Español)

  • Crime Victim Compensation - Frequently Asked Questions by Relatives of Deceased Victims (English) (en Español)

Legal Resources:

For more information about the Crime Victim Compensation Program, or to have a Crime Victim Compensation Application mailed to you, please call 1-800-228-3368 (Voice) 1-877-398-1130 (TTY).

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