MICHIGAN CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION:
Can You Receive Compensation:
Yes If You Are:
1. A person who was physically injured as a direct result of a crime in Michigan
2. A person who was physically injured while trying to help a crime victim
3. A surviving spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister
of a person who dies as a direct result of a crime
4. A Michigan resident injured in another state that doesn't pay compensation for a non-resident
5. 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
(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)
Limits On Payments:
1. $25,000 is the maximum payment
2. $350 a week is the maximum payment for lost earnings or support
3. $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
4. Grief counseling is now a separate benefit payment up to $500.00
6. 35 hours of psychological counseling, and up to $125.00 for a licensed psychologist or physician
7. 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.
1. 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
2. The victim must be willing to cooperate with the police and the prosecutor
3. A person cannot have committed or be an accomplice to the crime
4. 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
235 S. Grand Ave.
Lansing MI 48909
Compensation - Victim-Only Toll Free Line: 877-251-7373
Directory of Prosecutors and Victim Service
Agencies by County
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 Dept. of Corrections will help crime victims register for notification. The only information required from you is a telephone number which is kept secure and confidential.
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.
Michigan Department of Corrections Crime Victim Notification Unit
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 MI. Dept. of Community Health, Crime Victim Services Commission,
in partnership with the MI Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Attorney General, Prosecuting Attorneys
Coordinating Council, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of MI and the MI Sheriff's Association.
All costs are paid by assessments collected from convicted criminal defendants.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO HELP CRIME VICTIMS
Open Arms is a crime victim service agency that provides free grief and trauma counseling (individual
and group) as well as advocacy (assisting with crime victim compensation applications, PPOs, Zoom
hearings and connecting with community resources) Phone: 313-369-5780.
Chaldean Community Foundation
3601 15 Mile
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Waad Murad Advocacy Fund:
Memorial fund that offers a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the assailant(s)
of violent crimes perpetuated against Chaldean business people. (Funded entirely through community
2651 Saulino Ct.
Dearborn, MI 48120
The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program at the ACCESS Community Health and Research Center provides services and assistance to victims of crime.The program serves the S.E. Michigan community, including
Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. The program helps clients with mental health recovery, healing and
justice by providing counseling, psychiatric services, case management and legal advocacy. VOCA serves
victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, hate crimes, discrimination, robbery, assault,
theft, burglary and survivors of homicide.
1. Provide basic needs services such assisting with clothing, food, transportation and securing safe
2. Psychological assessment and/or testing
3. Crisis intervention
4. Psychiatric help
5. Individual, family, and group therapy
6. Parent skills training
7. Case management services and advocacy
8. Referral and follow up
9. Community education on victimization issues
10. Legal support and advocacy
11. Referral for medical services
Target Groups / Client Base:
Any victim of crime in the southeastern Michigan area
- Victims of domestic violence
- Victims of child physical and sexual abuse
- Victims of sexual assault
- Victims of robbery, assault and theft
- Victims of violent crimes
- Homicide survivors and family members
Centro Multicultural La Familia
35 W. Huron Suite 100
Pontiac, MI 48342
Phone: 248-858-7800 (main office)
VICTIMS OF CRIME & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM:
We offer a culturally sensitive, Spanish language program to help victims of abuse. It provides
individual advocacy-based counseling and a support group for victims of abuse in the areas of
domestic violence, sexual assault, physical assault, hate crimes, bullying, teen dating violence,
child abuse and human trafficking.
Some of the services provided at this time include:
1. Support group Las Rosas – This is a support group
for women who have been victims of abuse. It gives
them an opportunity to share their experiences and
learn new skills and independence.
2. Referrals to services at HAVEN and linkages with
3. Interpretation and translation in accessing community
4. Referrals to legal services when needed, especially
those needing to apply for immigrant visas
5. Assistance with applications for Victims of Crime
Compensation and education about their rights as
victims of crime.
Resource and Crisis Center
1200 N. Telegraph Bldg #32E
Pontiac, MI 48341
Offers a variety of resources to crime victims such as support groups & counseling as well as a
24 hour shelter /transitional housing for youth.
Sisters Against Abuse Society (SAAS)
22340 W. Seven Mile
Detroit, MI 48219
Phone: 313-693-9322 248-403-3100
Domestic Violence Department
Sexual Assault Department
Assists victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence within the Black and African American
Diaspora. Services include: Individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, direct services, clergy
training, case management and multidisciplinary partnerships.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Phone: 248-528-1745 MADD National Victim Services 24 Hour Line: 877-623-3435
Services Provided: for victims and survivors of drunk or drugged driving: immediate crisis intervention,
emotional support, informational support, virtual support group, court advocacy and accompaniment,
referral to community resources, Crime Victim Compensation assistance.
MICHIGAN VICTIM ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Lakeshore Legal Aid
Counsel & Advocacy Law Line
16250 Northland Dr. Suite 363
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 248-443-8068 New Client Intake: 888-783-8190
Lakeshore Legal Aid is a not-for-profit law firm providing a range of free civil legal services to people
who are low-income, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.
Covers a WIDE variety of legal matters!
Now serving residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Lakeshore Legal Aid has
14 locations across Southeast Michigan.
Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan
Provides free legal services to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and
sexual exploitation survivors. We provide PPO, custody, divorce and SSI for those who are disabled
and under a doctors care. We also provide weekly survivor led peer support workshops and mentoring
for all survivors.
Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center
provides highly trained and experienced mediators and facilitators to help resolve conflicts. Our process
can open the doors to communication for all parties involved to achieve a peaceful resolution. We also
offer State Court approved trainings. We are also able to assist with the Eviction Diversion Program.
The Detroit Police Victim’s Assistance Program
4707 St. Antoine Suite M-167
Detroit, MI 48201
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, help is available. The Victim’s
Assistance Center provides FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL individual and group counseling.
Our services are completely free of charge and Our staff of Licensed Social Workers are
bound by State of Michigan, Board of Social Work requirements for confidentiality.Victim’s
Assistance Center staff respond to sexual assaults reported to Detroit Police Sex Crimes
and Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Domestic Violence, also called “intimate partner abuse,” refers to physical, sexual, psych-
ological and economic abuse or control that takes place within an intimate relationship,
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A CRIME!
Individual and Group counseling and support is available.
1. Learn how domestic violence affects children
2. How to establish a safety plan
3. How to identify Domestic Violence warning signs,
and much more
The unlawful killing of one human by another, produces deep and bitter grief for the surviving
loved ones or secondary victims.
Understand this, the Victim’s Assistance Center provides:
1. Grief and Loss, Individual and Group, Counseling
2. Community Debriefing/Response
3. Assistance with Victim Compensation Claims
4. Advocacy and Information
5. Support during the Criminal Justice Process
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): Services
Provided: for victims and survivors of drunk or drugged driving: immediate crisis intervention,
emotional support, informational support, virtual support group, court advocacy and accompan-
iment, referral to community resources, Crime Victim Compensation assistance. Services are
provided: in person, by zoom, over the phone, and through email.
Office Phone: 248-528-1745.
MADD National Victim Services
24-Hour Help Line 877-623-3435
National Domestic Violence Hotline
PO Box 90249
Austin, TX 78709
Administrative Line: 737-225-3150
Phone: 800-799-7233 CRISIS LINE
Every contact to The Hotline is personal. Some people who reach out to us identify as survivors
of abuse, some as concerned friends or family members, some as abusive partners seeking to
change themselves. While every contact is unique, our advocates are guided by The Hotline’s
Consent and Ethics policy and will emphasize several key points throughout your conversation.
Through the National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline (NDDVH), a partnership with the Abused
Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS), advocates are available 24/7 via TTY and live chat
to help people affected by domestic violence who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Need help now? Advocates who are Deaf themselves are available to answer your call 24/7 by:
Video phone: 855-812-1001
Instant messenger: DeafHotline
Free, confidential support services for Native American and Alaska Native survivors of domestic
violence and sexual violence are available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST through the Strong-
Hearts Native Helpline, a partnership with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
Contacts made to StrongHearts after hours will be provided with the option to connect with ad-
vocates from The Hotline.
Phone: 844-7NATIVE (762-8483)
Michigan Coalition To End Domestic & Sexual Violence
3893 Okemos Suite B-2
Okemos, MI 48864-4209
MCEDSV is dedicated to the empowerment of all the state’s survivors of domestic and sexual
violence. Our mission is to develop and promote efforts aimed at the elimination of all domestic
and sexual violence in MI.
MCEDSV is Michigan’s catalyst for creating empowered and transformed individuals, communities,
and societies committed to building a lasting legacy of equality, peace and social justice, where
domestic and sexual violence no longer exists.\\
WSU Community Advocacy Project
An intensive 10-week program for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Trained CAP advocates
focus on helping survivors find resilience, work on short-term goals while transferring skills that bolster
the survivor's current competencies that inform their healing and recovery. CAP services are free.
For more resources for domestic violence, please check on this website under DOMESTIC ABUSE
For more resources for human trafficking, please check on this website under