If you or a loved one has been a victim of violent crime in Rhode Island, the Crime Victim Compensation Program (CVCP) may be able to help.
While no amount of money can erase the impact of a violent crime, the CVCP provides up to $25,000 in reimbursement to Rhode Islanders for expenses related to violent crime, including:
Medical, dental, and counseling expenses
Funeral and related expenses
Crime scene cleaning
Loss of earnings;
and other expenses.
To be eligible to participate in Rhode Island’s CVCP, victims of violent crime must file a police report within 10 days of the alleged crime and file a claim with CVCP no later than three years after the crime.
More information about the Program can be found in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below, and on the "Rules and Regulations" page.
Applications can be submitted online here. (registration required)
You can also print out an application, either in English or Spanish and fax it to 401-462-7694, or mail it to:
Crime Victim Compensation Program
Office of the Rhode Island General Treasurer
50 Service Ave
Warwick, RI 02886
For more information about Rhode Island’s Crime Victims Compensation Program, please call (401) 462-7655 or, email us.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for assistance from Rhode Island’s Crime Victim Compensation Program?
A: Victims who suffer personal, physical or emotional injury in a violent crime in Rhode Island Dependents and immediate family members of homicide victims.
Q: How does the process work?
A: Victims must report the crime to law enforcement authorities within 10 days and apply for reimbursement of expenses within three years from the date of the crime. If the victim is under the age of 18 at the time of the crime the application period is extended.
Victims must cooperate with reasonable requests of law enforcement authorities in their investigation and prosecution of the crime. Applicants cannot have contributed to the crime and must not have been convicted of a violent criminal felony in the five years prior to the crime.
Q: What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?
A: The CVCP can help with the following types of crime-related expenses, if not covered by insurance or other resources. Total reimbursement will not exceed $25,000.
Medical, dental and counseling expenses
Funeral and burial expenses
Loss of earnings (victim only)
Loss of support (dependents of homicide victim)
PROPERTY LOSSES ARE NOT COVERED
Q: How is the in Rhode Island Crime Victim Compensation Program funded?
A: Rhode Island’s CVCP is primarily funded by court fees, federal grants, and gifts. The Program is administered by the Office of the General Treasurer.
Q: How do I apply for reimbursement through the Rhode Island Crime Victim Compensation Program?
A: Complete the application and return it to the Crime Victim Compensation Program. Please respond promptly to all requests for additional information or documentation. You may also request that your claim be reopened for future medical and mental health counseling expenses.
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO FILE AN APPLICATION.
Each April, the U.S. Justice Department observes a National Crime Victims' Rights Week, with the goal of highlighting the importance of early intervention and services for crime victims.
Rhode Island's CVCP has received funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). You can learn more about how ARRA grants were used in Rhode Island by visiting the Office of Economic Recovery & Reinvestment.