BENEFITS AVAILABLE
Wage loss for an employed victim who missed work as the
result of a crime related injury or a parent/guardian who had
to care for a minor child recovering from a crime related injury.
Loss of support for persons who were principally dependent
on a deceased victim who was employed and earned
income, or who was eligible for reemployment assistance
benefits, at the time of the crime.
Disability allowance when the victim becomes permanently
disabled as a result of the crime.
Funeral/burial expenses.
Treatment expenses for medical, non-medical remedial
care, or other medically necessary services. Includes
prescriptions, eyeglasses, dentures, or prosthetic devices
needed as a result of the crime.
Mental health and grief counseling.
Property loss reimbursement for victims age 60 or older or
disabled adults. The crime must be reported to the proper
authorities within 72 hours and only certain types of tangible
property are compensable.
Domestic violence relocation assistance for victims who
have an immediate need to escape a domestic violence
environment.
Sexual battery relocation assistance for victims who need
to relocate due to a reasonable fear for their continued
safety.
Human trafficking relocation assistance for victims who
have an urgent need to escape from an unsafe environment
directly related to the human trafficking offense.

WHO CAN APPLY?
• A victim or intervenor as defined in Chapter 960 of
the Florida Statutes.
• A surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of a
deceased victim.
• A guardian applying for a minor, incompetent person,
or minor child or sibling of a deceased victim.
• A minor present at the scene of a crime who suffered
psychological or psychiatric injury as a result of the
crime or a minor victim of child abuse who suffered a
mental injury.
• A relative applying on behalf of a deceased victim,
when no other source of payment for funeral
expenses is available.
• Any other person who was dependent for principal
support upon a deceased victim or intervenor.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO APPLY
• A completed and signed victim compensation claim
application.
• A law enforcement offense report documenting proof of a
compensable crime.
• Proof of crime-related expenses, such as itemized bills.
• Proof of third-party payments, such as insurance,
restitution, judgments or settlements.
• For relocation benefits, certification by a certified domestic
violence shelter

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
(Additional qualification criteria, deadlines and exceptions
not listed may apply.)
• Crime must be reported to law enforcement within 72 hours.
• Victims must suffer personal physical injury or death as the
result of a crime. Some exceptions and limited benefits may
apply for victims who sustained psychiatric or psychological
injury from certain crimes.
• Application must be filed within one year after the crime date or
within two years if good cause is shown for the filing delay.
• Victim must fully cooperate with law enforcement, the State
Attorney’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office.
• Victim must not have been engaged in an unlawful activity at
the time of the crime.
• Victim’s conduct must not have contributed to the situation that
brought about his or her own injuries.
• Victim or applicant must not have been confined or in custody
in a county or municipal facility; a state or federal correctional
facility; or a juvenile detention, commitment, or assessment
facility; adjudicated as a habitual felony offender, habitual
violent offender, violent career criminal; or adjudicated guilty of
a forcible felony offense.
• Relocation claims for victims of domestic violence who have an
immediate need to escape a domestic violence environment
must be filed through and certified by a domestic violence
center in the State of Florida. The application and certification
must be received by the department within 30 days from the
date of crime.
• Relocation claims for victims of sexual battery who need to
relocate due to a reasonable fear for their continued safety
must be filed through and certified by a rape crisis center in the
State of Florida.
• Relocation claims for victims of sexual human trafficking who
have an urgent need to escape from an unsafe environment
directly related to the human trafficking offense. The need must
be filed through and certified by a domestic violence center in
the State of Florida. The application and certification must be
received by the department within 45 days from the last
identifiable threat from the human trafficking offender which
was communicated to law enforcement.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit a completed and signed claim application
via email to vcintake@myfloridalegal.com,
via fax to 850-414-5779 or 850-414-6197,
or via mail to the address below:
Bureau of Victim Compensation
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

SUBMITTED CLAIMS
When your claim is received, you may be asked to provide
specific medical and financial information. You should gather
documentation related to the crime and have them available if
requested.
You are not required to have an attorney

Note: Only those expenses directly related to the crime will be considered for payment. All benefits have dollar limitations, subject to change without prior notice and require certain types of documentation. Some benefits are not available for certain types of claims.

Toll-Free Victim Services
Information and Referral Line
1-800-226-6667
TDD users can call through
Florida Relay
1-800-955-8771
MyFloridaLegal.com

Call the Information and Referral Line at the Bureau of Victim
Compensation if you would like information about:
• Applying for Victim Compensation or checking on the status
of your victim compensation claim.
• The appellate court process or the status of an appellate
case.
• Victim service programs in your area and referral to local
resources.
• The Sexual Battery Examination Program.
• The Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence
victims.