The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help pay bills and expenses that result from a violent crime. Victims of crime who have been injured or have been threatened with injury may be eligible for help. Some of the expenses may include:

  • Funeral/Burial
  • Crime scene clean up
  • Mental health therapy
  • Medical/dental
  • Relocation
  • Home security improvements
  • Income loss


Victims, family members or witnesses of a violent crime may be eligible to receive CAL VCB benefits.  Some of those crimes may include:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Drunk Driving
  • Elder Abuse
  • Human Trafficking
  • Assault
  • Hate Crimes
  • Child Abuse
  • Stalking


In addition to being the victim of a qualifying violent crime, applicants must also:

  • Be either a resident of California or the victim of a crime that happened in California.
  • Report the crime to the police, sheriff, child protective services, or some other law enforcement agency (some exceptions may apply).
  • In most cases, apply to CalVCB within seven years of the time the crime happened.
  • Generally, cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
  • Not have been involved in or committed a felony in the events leading to the crime.
  • Cooperate with CalVCB by providing the information needed to review the application.


One of our victim advocates can help you apply for this benefit. Simply contact your local victim service center near you: