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If you or your family members are innocent victims of a violent crime, financial assistance may be available. The following is a list of guidelines to help you determine whether you might be eligible for a payment. For specific questions, call the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 582-2877.

Crime victims’ compensation guidelines
Who may be eligible to receive a payment?
  • Those injured during a violent crime.
  • Dependents of people killed in crimes.
  • Anyone responsible for a crime victim’s finances, such as a parent or guardian.
Who may not be eligible receive a payment:
  • Anyone convicted of a felony offense, child endangering or domestic violence within 10 years before the crime, or while the compensation application is pending.
  • Anyone who engaged in misconduct that caused or contributed to the injuries.
Payments can cover:
  • Medical and related expenses
  • Counseling for immediate family members of victims of homicide, sexual assault or domestic violence
  • Wages lost because of the crime
  • Crime scene cleanup for personal security, such as doors and windows
  • The cost to replace items taken as evidence
  • The cost to replace items of clothing damaged as a result of medical treatment or assessment
  • Payment for hearing aids, eyeglasses or other vision aids, dental appliances, teeth or other dental aids, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility equipment
  • Lost wages and travel expenses for family members of a deceased victim to attend court proceedings
  • Financial support for dependents of a deceased victim
  • Funeral and burial expenses
The maximum total payments are limited to $50,000, and several expenses have caps. Payments cannot be made for pain and suffering or for stolen, damaged or lost property.

The Attorney General’s Office will not pay victims for expenses that can be covered by any other available sources, such as insurance.

Changes to the compensation program:
  • An adult victim can file anytime after the crime has occurred (removing the prior requirement of filing within 2 years of the crime)
  • The 72 hours reporting requirement has been removed. Victim must still report and cooperate with law enforcement.
  • The program now compensates for items of clothing damaged as a result of medical treatment or assessment.
  • The program will also compensate for hearing aids, eyeglasses or other vision aids, dental appliances, teeth or other dental aids, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.
  • Attorney fees for civil protection orders' hourly rate for legal work went up from $60.00 per hour to $100.00. The maximum amount for attorney fees per claim was changed to $1,000.00.
  • Reasonable travel time to attend hearings is limited to 3 hours round trip for each hearing at $30.00 per hour.
  • The cap on individual attorneys or law firms was eliminated.
Apply for Victims Compensation Online:  www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov
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