About Crime Victims Compensation

What we do

If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Washington State Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help.

This program was created to help victims with the many costs associated with violent crime. The program provides financial compensation to crime victims for such expenses as medical bills, loss of financial support, and funeral expenses. The amount we pay is reduced by any public or private insurance payments.

While no amount of compensation can erase the painful memories of violent crime, we hope this program will help in your recovery and ease some of the financial burdens you face.

Our history

Washington's Crime Victims Compensation Program began primarily as the result of a series of editorials in the early 1970s in the state's 2 major newspapers.

The theme of the editorials was that criminals were having their room and board and medical needs met by the state's prison system while victims were left with medical bills and other costs because of the offenders crime.

The Legislature deemed this unfair and in 1973 passed the Crime Victims Compensation Act.

Outreach services and workshops

The Crime Victims Compensation Program provides outreach services to interested groups.

For more information please call 800-762-3716.

Sexual-assault examinations are covered

State law (RCW 7.68.170) requires the Crime Victims Compensation Program to pay the costs of sexual-assault examinations when they are performed to gather evidence for possible prosecution. The victim is not required to pay for the exam, use their own insurance, file a police report or crime victim's claim application to have the exam paid for.

Monthly budget update

March 2019 expenditures

  • Disbursed to victims = $1,133,300
  • Administrative costs = $260,805

As of March 31, for fiscal year 2019

  • Total funding available = $3,019,636


Our Budget History page contains an archive of our budget updates.

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