MICHIGAN CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION:
Can You Receive Compensation:
Yes If You Are:
A person who was physically injured as a direct result of a crime in Michigan
A person who was physically injured while trying to help a crime victim
A surviving spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother
or sister of a person who dies as a direct result of a crime
A Michigan resident injured in another state that doesn't pay compensation
for a non-resident
A Michigan resident injured outside the U.S. by an act of international terrorism
What Kind Of Financial Help May Be Available?
Injury-related expenses that a person must legally pay and other eligible losses
that can be proved with supporting papers and other evidence
For The Victim:
Hospital bills and medical expenses
Loss of earnings, rehab and remedial services
Counseling for the injured person and family members
Replacement services needed because of the person's injury
For The Survivor:
Funeral and burial expenses
Loss of support for legal dependents of the person who died
Grief counseling for the family
Hospital and medical bills for the person who died if the survivors must legally pay them.
(A person must have at least $200 in out-of-pocket expenses or two continuous weeks
loss of earnings or support. These limits are excused for retired or disabled persons and
for emergency room medical exams for rape victims)
What's Not Covered?
Property loss or damage
Pain & suffering
Crime scene clean-up
Relocation costs, living expenses, or the costs of participating in a trial
Loss of earnings for an injured person's family members
In traffic cases crime victims compensation is limited to the unpaid balance
on funeral expenses after no-fault insurance pays.
Limits On Payments:
$25,000 is the maximum payment
$350 a week is the maximum payment for lost earnings or support
$5000 is the maximum funeral payment. This may include $500 for grief counseling
for the spouse, children,parents, or brothers & sisters of the person who died
Grief counseling is now a separate benefit payment up to $500.00
35 hours of psychological counseling, and up to $125.00 for a licensed psychologist or physician
Crime Scene Clean-Up is covered up to $500
About Other Benefits:
Crime Victims Compensation always pays last. All other public funds and private insurance
payments that a person is eligible for or becomes eligible for must be paid and reported to
the program before compensation can be considered.
A report must be made to police within 48 hours after the injury unless there was a good
reason for a delay or the injured person is a child
The victim must be willing to cooperate with the police and the prosecutor
A person cannot have committed or be an accomplice to the crime
Inmates are not eligible
A claim will be rejected if the victim caused the injury or was doing something illegal
and dangerous at the time of the the injury.
How To Get An Application:
Applications are available from the commission's office, county prosecuting attorneys,
victim assistance agencies, state police posts and other agencies and care providers.
Send the fully completed application to:
Crime Victim Services Commission
Capitol View Building
Lansing MI 48909
When Should You File Your Claim?
Claims for sexual assault should be filed within one year.
A longer time to file a claim will be maybe allowed after a written request shows good reason.
What Do You Need To Send In?
A fully completed application
Itemized copies of all bills you want to claim. If you will need more medical treatment,
see if your doctor can give a written estimate of future expenses
If you have insurance or Medicare, send copies of your insurance benefit statements for all expenses
For lost earnings, send copies of recent payroll check stubs and a disability statement from your doctor
For burial assistance, send a copy of the signed itemized funeral bill
For counseling, ask your therapist for the assessment, a treatment plan, and an itemized billing
or estimate, your therapist can send in the claim for you, if they wish
What If Your Claim Is Turned Down?
You have 30 days to submit a written appeal write to us to disagree. You may ask for a review of the file
or an evidentiary hearing before the commission in Lansing.
A person's papers and testimony before the commission are private. They may tell only whether
a person's claim was approved or denied. Any other information will only be released by a court order.
Money to support this service is paid by criminal defendants convicted in Michigan's courts.
The state also receives money to help crime victims from criminal fines collected in federal courts.
PLEASE NOTE: If you were a victim of a crime prosecuted in Wayne County and believe a judge
may have ordered restitution, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has set up a phone line for
inquiries. Call Director of Victim Services Karen Watts at 313-967-2332.
MICHIGAN CRIME VICTIM NOTIFICATION NETWORK
For defendant or inmate custody status and court information, call 1-800-770-7657 and follow the
automated prompts. You may also press "0" anytime during the call to speak to a representative.
Callers use basic information, such as prisoner number or name, to search the network database.
The network will anonymously provide the caller with offender status, and information on upcoming
court events/custody and hearings.
In addition, crime victims may choose to register for automated telephone notification when an offender
has a change in custody status throughout the criminal justice process. Registration is confidential.
The prosecuting attorney and the Michigan Department of Corrections will help crime victims register
for notification. The only information required from you is a telephone number which is kept secure
How Do You Register For Notification?
To receive network notification of change in court schedules, crime victims may register with their
prosecuting attorney. To receive network notification of a change in custody status for offenders
housed in state prisons, crime victims may register with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Anyone can register to receive network notification of change in custody status for offenders housed
in county jails by calling 1-800-770-7657. In all cases, registration is confidential.
What Is A Pin?
If you choose to register for notification, you will receive a PIN (Personal Identification Number). The PIN
is a four-digit number that you choose which will be kept secure and confidential. Select a number that
is easy for you to remember and write it down. After you get a notification call from the network, enter your
PIN using the touch-tone numbers on your telephone. That will let the network system know that you have received the message.
What If I Am Not Home Or My Phone Is Busy When I Receive Notification?
The network is designed to allow every opportunity for you to be notified. If there is no answer or the line
is busy, calls will continue for a minimum of 24 hours. The network will leave a message on an answering
machine, but will continue to call for 24 hours or until the PIN is entered.
Can I Register More Than One Telephone Number With The Network?
Yes, but each registration must be done separately and requires a PIN.
How Does The Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network Enhance My Personal Safety?
This program is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to information and to assist you
in preparing for an offender's release. It is important for you to protect yourself once you are notified
of an offender's release.
Who Sponsors the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network?
This is a free service of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Crime Victim Services Commission,
in partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Department of Attorney General, Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and the Michigan Sheriff's Association.
All costs are paid by assessments collected from convicted criminal defendants.
MICHIGAN VICTIM ASSISTANCE SERVICES
The Detroit Police Victim’s Assistance Program
A 24-hour hotline is set up at (313) 833-1660.
offers free assistance to relatives of homicide victims, including:
Grief and loss, individual and group, counseling
Assistance with victim compensation claims
Support during the criminal justice process
Catholic Social Services of Wayne County
9851 Hamilton Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 883-2100
Garrison Place Office Building
19855 West Outer Drive Suite 207E
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: (313) 792-9286
15450 E. Jefferson Avenue Suite 190
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Phone: (313) 852-1200
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Wide-range of support services for individuals, children and adult victims of physical, sexual
and emotional abuse or assault are provided.
Additional services consist of:
Information and Referral Psychiatric and psychological consultations
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Michigan Department of Corrections Crime Victim Notification Unit
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIM RESOURCES
Help Other Crime Victims
American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
National Center for Victims of Crime, National Crime Victim Helpline
National Crime Prevention Council
National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center
National Fraud Information Hotline
National Human Trafficking Resource
National Organization for Victim Assistance
National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
United States Postal Inspection Service