Colorado's Crime Victim Compensation Program was created by state statute (C.R.S. §24-4.1-101) in 1981. Colorado has a decentralized system, which means that crime victim compensation programs exist in each of the state's 22 judicial districts. The judicial district where the crime occurred is responsible for accepting and reviewing victim compensation applications. If you are the victim of a violent crime in Colorado, or if you are a Colorado resident who has been victimized in a state or country that does not have a victim compensation program, you may be eligible to receive crime victim compensation. Applications must be submitted in the district where the crime occurred. Please refer to the information on this website titled: Victim Compensation Administrators, or you can contact this office at 303-239-4493 or 1-888-282-1080 (toll free in-state) to help you locate the correct district to apply for compensation.
Victims may be eligible to receive up to $20,000 for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance or other collateral resources, or up to $1,000 in emergency funds directly related to the crime. Funds to pay crime victim compensation claims do not come from taxpayers. These funds are collected from fines from criminals convicted of felony, misdemeanor, and some traffic offenses. Due to the number of claims and financial constraints, not every program can pay up to the statutory maximum. Again, you must contact the district where the crime occurred to determine eligibility.
For the complete Crime Victim Compensation Statue, please click here: State of Colorado Title 24, Article 4.1(Parts 1, 2 and 3), Crime Victim Compensation and Victim Witness Rights.
Losses directly related to the compensable crime are eligible for reimbursement and include:
Victims are required to apply for victim compensation in the district where the crime occurred by completing an application and submitting itemized bills directly related to the crime in the district where the crime occurred. The processing time is different for each district, however, it generally takes 30-45 days to be notified of the program's decision. You may contact the Victim Compensation Administrator in the district where the crime occurred for an application or may use the application attached and send it to the Victim Compensation Administrator. Districts may require additional information from applicants.
Most judicial districts have a system in place to assist non-English speaking victims of crime. Please contact the Victim Compensation Administrator in the judicial district where the crime occurred for further assistance.
Note: If a victim compensation claim is denied or the award reduced, the victim has a right to ask the board to reconsider it's decision. The victim should be notified of the right to request reconsideration of the board's decision in writing.