Iowa Attorney General

Crime Victim Compensation Program

If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help.  The program helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime.  It is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals (not by taxpayers).

The program pays for crime-related expenses such as medical care, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses (when costs are not covered by insurance or other sources).  The program can also pay for crime-scene clean-up, replacement of clothing held as evidence, replacement of security items, child or dependent care, housing/shelter expenses, relocation expenses and travel.

New for 2016: Two New Benefits

For more information, go to our "Emergency Relocation and Housing Benefits - New for 2016" page.

The application process is simple. Applications are accepted through the mail, telephone, or through an online application. The Crime Victim Compensation Program cannot erase the painful memories of a crime, but hopefully it can help a crime victim's recovery and ease the financial burden caused by the crime.

For Help

  • Complete an application, sign all three releases, and return it to the Crime Victim Compensation Program either by mail or through our online crime victim compensation application.
  • After reviewing the application, we may request additional information.
  • You do not need a lawyer to receive program benefits.
  • For more information and frequently asked questions, go to our Crime Victim Compensation Facts page.

Contact Information

Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-281-5044
Toll-Free: 800-373-5044
FAX: 515-281-8199

Email: Victim Advocate Mary Kay Bartine or Julie Schulenberg

The administrative rules that govern the Crime Victim Assistance Program are listed in the Iowa Administrative Code.

(If you have a consumer-related question, complaint, or suspect you may be the victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Consumer Protection Division.)

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