Victim Compensation and Restitution

California Victim Compensation Program


The California Victim Compensation Program (Cal VCP) is a state agency whose purpose is to aid victims of crime in reimbursing their losses as a result of crime related costs.


Filing a claim

For assistance and information about filing a claim, contact us. Claim forms may be downloaded at the State Victim Compensation Board website ( When the form is is completed, including the required signature, it may be mailed to Victim Witness Assistance Program for processing. Mail to:

Victim Witness Assistance Program – Compensation Unit

70 W. Hedding Street, West Wing

San Jose, CA 95110


Eligibility for compensation

The following is adapted from the California Victim Compensation Program (Cal VCP) information.

Who is eligible for compensation?

To be eligible for compensation, a person must be a victim of a qualifying crime involving physical injury, threat of physical injury or death. For certain crimes, emotional injury alone is all that needs to be shown. Certain family members or other loved ones who suffer an economic loss resulting from an injury to, or death of, a victim of a crime may also be eligible for compensation. For a detailed description of the eligibility requirements for victim compensation, click here 

Restitution Services


Per 1202.4 (a)(1) of the California Penal code: “It is the intent of the Legislature that a victim of crime who incurs any economic loss as a result of the commission of a crime shall receive restitution directly from any defendant convicted of that crime.”


Restitution Specialists

A well-trained Restitution Specialist will assist crime victims in obtaining court ordered restitution from offenders. Once contacted by a Restitution Specialist, victims then submit all forms, estimates, and documentation needed to determine restitution. In general, Restitution Specialists are directed to determine restitution on misdemeanor cases. Contact us <link> to learn more.


All victim advocates are also trained on restitution matters. A Victim Advocate can assist crime victims in obtaining the needed documentation and presenting it to the Courts. Restitution Specialists and Advocates help victims complete the necessary forms to insure that they have every opportunity to collect restitution, to help make the victim as financially whole as possible. Crime victims may also be eligible for compensation for their losses as a result of a crime through the California Victim Compensation Program.


Common Losses Eligible Under California Restitution Law

·       Medical expenses

·       Mental health/counseling expenses

·       Wages or profits lost due to injury

·       Attorney fees for loss recovery

·       Replacement value of stolen or damaged items

·       Repairs to damaged items

·       Costs to install security devices

·       Interest at 10% per annum

·       Retrofitting of residence or vehicle if made handicapped as a result of crime

·       Any loss demonstrated to be directly related to the crime