VOCA

Victims Of Crime Act

The following information was obtained from

McKean County Victim's Resource Center

24 West Corydon Street

Bradford, Pa 16701

Office: 368-4235

Hotline: 368-6325

Contents:

What Does VOCA Do?

Who Is Eligible?

What Can You Receive Compensation For?

Limitations:

What Other Stipulations Must Be Met?

How Do You Apply For Compensation?

What Does VOCO Do?

The Victims of Crime Act enables victims of crime to apply for reimbursement of certain expenses, due to a crime, through the Crime Victim's Compensation Board.

Who Is Eligible?

When a crime of violence has been committed, and as a direct result of that crime, physical injury or death is sustained, those that would qualify for compensation include the following:

The victim
Interveners (those who go to the aid of the victim and suffer bodily injury or death as a result of acting not recklessly to prevent the commission of a crime, or to lawfully apprehend a person reasonably suspected of having committed such crime),
A surviving spouse, parent, or child of a deceased victim or intervenor,
Any person related to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity who assumed the obligation or who pays for funeral expenses incurred as a dirrect result of the crime.


What Can You Receive Compensation For?

You must have suffered bodily injury or death, loss of earnings, or "out of pocket" losses due to a crime ov violence. (The Crime Victim's Compensation Board will determine if this is so.)

You may be reimbursed for:

Out of Pocket Losses:

Medical care,
Non medical remedial care and treatment rendered in accordance with a religious method of healing as approved by the Board,
Psychological counseling
Expenses for physical examinations and materials used to obtain evidence,
Eyeglasses and other corrective lenses.

*Out of pocket losses must be a minimum of $100.00. There is no minimum for claimants 60 years of age or older.

Funeral Expenses:

not to exceed $2,000

Loss of Support or Earnings:

Loss of the cash equivalent of a social security payment where social security is the primary source of a victim's income and where the victim is deprived of the money as a direct result of a crime,
Not to exceed $20,00o and $15,000 respectively,
Earning or support must have been lost for two or more continuous weeks as a direct result of a crime of violence.


Limitations:

In no case shall property damages or compensation for pain or suffering be included in the compensation awarded. Compensation will not be paid for stolen property.

In no case shall the total reimbursement exceed $35,000.

Compensation will only be paid for crimes involving motor vehicles if the motor vehicle was intentionally used to inflict the injury.

The amount of the award will be reduced by the amount of the payments received or to be received by the claimant as a result of the injury from the one who committed the crime, public funds, insurance, etc.

Compensation will not be paid to the offender responsible for the commission of the crime. However, compensation will now be given to victims of domestic violence and drunk driving.

What Other Stipulations Must Be Met?

The crime must be reported within 72 hours of the commission of the crime.

The victim must fully cooperate with all law enforcement agencies.

The claim must be filed with the Crime Victim's Compensation Board for the State of Pennsylvania within one year of the commission of the crime. (In certain cases, the Board may allow an extension to two years.)

How Do You Apply For Compensation?

You must apply to the Crime Victim's Compensation Board for the State of Pennsylvania, at the following address:

Crime Victim's Compensation Board

P.O. Box 1323

307 Finance Building

Harrisburg, Pa 17120

You Must submit your application on specific claim forms put out by the Crime Victim's Compensation Board.

These forms are available at the McKean County Victim's Resource Center located in the YWCA on 24 West Corydon Street in Bradford, PA or at any law enforcement agency in McKean County.

The McKean County Victim's Resource Center will assist you in the completion of your compensation claim form.

You will be notified by mail of the acceptance or rejection of you claim.

Allow four to six months for the Board to process you claim.

For more information on Crime Victim Compensation Act contact:

McKean County Victim's Resource Center

24 West Corydon Street

Bradford, Pa 16701

Office: 368-4235

Hotline: 368-6325

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