Thousands of innocent people become victims of crime every year in the state of Colorado, sometimes with great financial loss. To better protect and assist these victims and members of their immediate families, the Colorado General Assembly enacted C.R.S. 24-4.1, the Crime Victim Compensation Act. The Victim Compensation program is fully funded through fines collected from adults and juveniles who have been convicted of crimes, including traffic offenses. Because of this, the funds available to help victims change from year to year. Awards to victims are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board of the District, whose three members are volunteer citizens appointed by the District Attorney.
If you or a loved one has been victimized by a violent crime, the Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. While no amount of money can ease the trauma of a violent crime, Victim Compensation can help relieve the resulting financial burden on victims and their families.