Victim of Crime Compensation VOCA

My name is Julienne Cross. I am a victim advocate at the Lac du Flambeau Domestic Abuse Program. My co-worker is Betty Wayman, together we work under the Tribal Victim Assistance Program (TVA). This letter is very important so please read it and understand that if you or someone you know could be eligible for these benefits please don’t hesitate to call us at (715) 588-7660 or toll free 1-800-236-7660 we will be happy to help you fill out applications or in any way we can.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a crime such as, robbery, child abuse, adult or child sexual assault, incest, assault , rape, domestic violence, DUI/DWI, elder assault or abuse, survivors of homicide, or any other serious crime, you may be eligible for State Compensation through the Victims of Crime Compensation Program (VOCA).

The program allows the state to ease the financial losses of the victim of violent crime, and in some cases the victim’s family. In Wisconsin a police report must be filed within 5 days that the crime was committed. The victim or victim’s guardian if the victim is a child or vulnerable adult must file the claim within 1 year of the date of the filed police report.

Compensable crimes include an intentional, knowing or reckless act by a person resulting in serious bodily injury or death of another person that could be punishable as a crime. The victim must cooperate fully to apprehend and prosecute the assailant and cannot have been involved in a wrongful act or cannot have provoked the assailant.

Compensation for these crimes can vary, but victims may be compensated up to $20,000 for reasonable medical and/or counseling expenses such as mental health counseling, medically necessary devices, documented loss of support or earnings provided you have filed an earnings or income tax return if you are self employed, rehabilitation expenses, counseling for children of assaults or who have experienced domestic violence for up to 45 years, even counseling for a person or friend who first discovered a deceased body. Other compensation can include up to $2,000 for funeral expenses. VOCA will pay for the first sexual assault examination and up to $300.00 for the forensic removal of crime scene evidence such as bedding.

You can also call the following help lines:
National Organization of Victim Assistance at 1-800-879-6782
Crime Victim Compensation Program at 1-800-799-7233

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