Victim Compensation Program

CSP Victim Assistance Programs has a contract with the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to process victims’ claims for unreimbursed expenses that result from a violent crime. Individuals who meet eligibility requirements who were a victim of crime in Orange County or who are currently living in Orange County can file a claim through the Orange County Claims Office.

To be eligible for compensation, a person must be a victim of a qualifying crime involving physical injury, threat of physical injury or death, and for certain crimes, emotional injury. Family members or other loved ones who suffer an economic loss resulting from an injury to, or death of, a victim of a crime may also be eligible for compensation. Additionally applicants must:

  • Have been a California resident when the crime occurred, or the crime must have occurred in California.
  • Reasonably cooperate with law enforcement and criminal justice personnel during the investigation and prosecution of the case.
  • Cooperate with CalVCP and/or CSP staff to verify the application.
  • Meet the filing deadlines.

The following crimes are typically eligible for compensation:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Battery (when there is injury or threat of injury)
  • Child abuse
  • Child sexual assault
  • Child endangerment and abandonment
  • Domestic violence
  • Driving under the influence
  • Hit and run
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Sexual battery
  • Terrorism
  • Unlawful sexual intercourse (where there is injury or threat of injury)
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Other crimes taht result in physical injury or threat of physical injury

The following expenses are generally eligible for reimbursement if necessary due to a crime.

  • Medical and medical-related expenses for the victim, including dental expenses.
  • Mental health treatment or counseling.Funeral and burial expenses.
  • Wage or income loss.
  • Support loss for legal dependents of a deceased or disabled victim.
  • Home security installation or improvements.
  • Relocation expenses.
  • Crime scene cleanup.

CalVCP is a payer of last resort so other sources of reimbursement such as insurance, worker's compensation or other benefits typically must be utilized first. Funding caps or category limits may apply.

CalVCP cannot reimburse applicants for the following expenses:

  • Personal property losses. 
  • Expenses related to the prosecution of an alleged perpetrator. 
  • Compensation for "pain and suffering."
  • Expenses submitted more than three years after they are incurred. 

Additionally, persons are not eligible for compensation if they are a felon currently on parole, probation, or incarcerated, committed the crime for which compensation is sought, or knowingly and willingly participated in or were involved in the events leading to the crime.

For additional information about filing a claim contact your local Victim/Witness Assistance Center (see the Victim Services page of this website), your Victim Advocate, or the Orange County Claims Office at (949) 250-0594.