Financial Help for Victims of Crime

There may be help available.

If you have suffered a physical or psychological injury as a direct result of a crime, AND you have expenses not covered by insurance or medical assistance, you may be eligible for financial help through the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board.

Injured victims or the immediate family of a homicide victim may recover up to $50,000 for:

 

1. Funeral expenses up to a maximum amount.
2. Medical costs including ambulance or other transportation, hospital, physician, dental work and prescriptions.
3. Mental health costs directly related to the crime including psychological counseling and transportation.
4. Lost wages due to a disabling physical or psychological injury that resulted directly from the crime.
5. Loss of support for dependents of a deceased victim to replace the victim's financial contribution to the family.
6. Substitute childcare or reasonable household services to replace services that were normally provided by the victim prior to the crime.
7. Some costs related to the return of an abducted child.
This service is not based on financial need. If a civil settlement is granted, there 
may be a need to reimburse the Reparations Board for payments they have given you.

Eligibility Checklist

The following questions will determine if you are eligible for reparations (payments) from the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board. To qualify for reparations in a traffic crash, the injury or death must be caused by one of the following:

a) the driver at fault was under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
b) the driver at fault left the scene of the crash (hit and run);
c) the crash was intentionally inflicted
d) the crash happened while fleeing the scene of another crime.

If you have met the eligibility of a, b, c, or d from the previous paragraph, continue
with the eligibility check list

Check the statements that are true. 
If you cannot check all statements, you are not eligible for reparations.
1. The incident occurred, in whole or part, in Minnesota.
2. The incident was promptly reported to the police within 30 days. For exact reporting deadline information, contact the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board.
3. This claim is being filed within two years of the incident, or within the one year of the report to police in child abuse cases, if the incident occurred before August 1, 1994. For incidents occurring after August 1, 1994, the claims must be filed within two years.
4. The claimant is a victim, an individual purchaser of services for the victim, a representative of a deceased victim's estate or a dependent of a deceased victim of a crime.
5. The victim suffered physical, emotional, and/or psychological injury, or death, as a result of a crime, a reasonable effort to prevent a crime, or an effort to apprehend an individual suspected of committing a crime.
6. The claimant and/or victim cooperated with law enforcement officials during their investigation and prosecution (where prosecution occurred).
7. This claim does not include property losses.
8. Economic loss (medical expenses, wage loss, etc.) totals $50.00 or more and has not, or will not be paid by other sources.
9. The claimant (and/or victim) was not an accomplice to and did not commit a crime in connection with this incident.
10. Claims for childcare are for child care services normally supplied by the victim.

 

For more information, please contact the board or your victims advocate.

Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board
445 Minnesota St. Suite 2300
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1515
888-622-8799 | 651-201-7300