Treasurer Magaziner Highlights Importance of Crime Victim Compensation Program During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published on Monday, October 03, 2022

Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today highlighted the importance of the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Program in helping victims of violent crime recover and relocate to safety during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

"We want every Rhode Islander who is the victim of domestic violence or other violent acts to know that this resource is here to help them through some of the most difficult times in their life," said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. "The financial impacts of violent crime on victims can be significant, and that’s why we provide this assistance – so those burdens don't solely lie on the shoulders of innocent people who experienced a traumatic event."

The Rhode Island Crime Victim Compensation Program (CVCP) assisted 930 Rhode Islanders who were victims of violent crimes with expense reimbursements totaling $872,322.80 during the 2022 Fiscal Year including nearly $200,000 in emergency relocation expenses.

Treasurer Magaziner’s administration has assisted over 7,933 victims of violent crime with $8,878,965.92 in reimbursements through the Crime Victim Compensation Program since 2015, including 886 claims totaling $2,474,881.37 for relocation expenses primarily precipitated by domestic violence incidents.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re reminded that it’s on all of us to end domestic abuse. We each have a role to play, and our partnership with Treasurer Magaziner’s office is an example of what supporting survivors in our community looks like and how instrumental these partnerships are," said Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Lucy Rios. "We regularly hear from survivors about how vital this program is as they escape violence, and how it is just as instrumental in their next chapter - as survivors rebuild their lives after abuse, making it possible for them to thrive."

Treasurer Magaziner introduced and successfully advocated for legislation expanding the Crime Victim Compensation Program to include support for minors who witness homicides and domestic violence in 2017. According to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 9,000 Rhode Islanders reported domestic violence in 2021, and children in Rhode Island are estimated to be present for over a third of domestic violence arrests.

"The Crime Victim Compensation Program staff were all kind and caring and the program was easy to apply for," said an anonymous beneficiary and domestic assault survivor. “I started out submitting my medical bills to the program, and when I moved, it covered my moving costs, three months’ rent, and the security deposit. Knowing that I’m safe and away from where I was - I feel a lot better.”

If you or a loved one has been a victim of violent crime in Rhode Island, the Crime Victims Compensation Program may be able to help. The Crime Victim Compensation Program provides up to $25,000 for expenses not covered by insurance or other resources:

  • Medical, dental, and counseling expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of earnings (victim only)
  • Loss of support (dependents of homicide victim)
  • Relocation expenses
  • Does not provide reimbursement for lost property

To be eligible for reimbursement, victims of violent crime must file a police report within 15 days of the alleged crime and file a claim through the Crime Victim Compensation Program no later than three years after the crime. For more information about the Program and to apply, visit https://treasury.ri.gov/cvcp.

The Crime Victim Compensation Program can also be reached Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm by calling (401) 462-7655 or via email at crimevictims@treasury.ri.gov.