New Jersey’s Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) is a state-run commission that acts as a support system for crime victims and their families. The VCCO provides financial compensation for some of the expenses victims and their families incur as a result of a violent crime.
Compensation benefits may be awarded to qualifying individuals, such as surviving spouses, children or other dependent relatives, up to a maximum of $25,000. The VCCO will award compensation for the balance of crime-related expenses not reimbursed by other resources, such as medical insurance or disability benefits.
Compensation may include reimbursement for such items as:
- Funeral allowances up to $5,000.
- Crime scene cleanup up to $1,500.
- Emergency financial assistance up to $1,500.
- Medically related expenses.
- Loss of earnings or financial support.
- Mental health counseling.
To apply for benefits, individuals must have reported the crime to the police within six (6) months and submit a claim to the VCCO within three (3) years. To submit a claim, an individual must file a VCCO application, police report, copies of bills and receipts of all related financial losses as well as additional documentation as necessary.
For more information, or to download an application, visit the VCCO Website at www.nj.gov/oag/njvictims/ or contact us at 1.877.658.2221.