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State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Indiana

Posted by Buffy on: Saturday 5 May 2001





INDIANA Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund
Criminal Justice Institute
302 W. Washington St., Room E-203
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-7103 FAX: (317) 233-3912
1-800-353-1484 (victims only)

Created in 1978, the program operates as a part of the Criminal Justice Institute. In addition to victim compensation, the program operates a special procedure to pay for forensic examinations and counseling for eligible sexual-assault victims.
Program Director: Kimberly Howell

FUNDING
Court costs assessed against offenders are paid to the state, and the compensation program receives a portion thereof. The assessment is automatic. The program also receives 10% of wages earned on work release. The program is eligible for a VOCA grant.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Reporting period: 48 hours
Filing period: 180 days
Exceptions: For child victims, time periods are extended to 2 years from report or emancipation
Deductible: $100
Minimum loss: $100

PROCEDURES
Analysts have authority to make determinations on awarding or denying claims of $1,500 or less. If the claim is for more than $1,500, of if the case is especially difficult, the case goes to the program director for a decision. Appeals: Applicant has 30 days to file an appeal. A hearing is set only if requested by the applicant. The hearing officer handles the hearing and makes a determination. The applicant may take a further appeal to the Hearings and Appeals section.

BENEFITS
Maximum award: $10,000
Compensable Costs (with limits)


Medical expenses
Mental health counseling: limit of $1,500 if therapist charges sliding-scale fees based on victim's income; limit of $1,000 if no sliding- scale is used; limit of $1,000 for family of victims of homicide, sex assault, and domestic violence
Lost wages/support
Funerals: $3,000
Attorney fees: commensurate with services rendered; limit of 15% of first $5,000 of award and 10% if award exceeds $5,000
Emergency: $500




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