Criminal Victims Compensation Commission
Department of Human Services
Knud Hanson Complex, Building A
1303 Hospital Ground
Charlotte Annalie, VI 00802
(340) 774-0930, ext. 4104
FAX: (340) 774-3466
Created in 1968, a four-person commission consisting of the Commissioner of Human Services, Commissioner of Health, Commissioner of Police, and the Attorney General is authorized to make determinations on applications.
Executive Secretary: Sedonie Halbert
Administrator: Brenda Harrigan-Walwin
The program receives an annual appropriation, as well as a VOCA grant.
Reporting period: 24 hours
Filing period: Must notify commission of intention to file within 90 days; application must be filed within 2 years
Exceptions: Good cause
The program administrator performs all work in investigating and documenting the application. A copy of the report and recommendation made by the administrator to the commission is sent to the victim, who is given an opportunity to respond. The commission meets once or twice each quarter to make decisions on applications. Appeals: Applicant may appeal the commission's decision into the court system within a reasonable time.
Maximum award: $25,000
Compensable Costs (with limits)
Mental health counseling: 10 sessions @$75 per session
Lost wages/support: 2/3 of net wages for disabled victims; in homicides, a scale determines benefits, which are not to exceed $20,000 for spouse and $5,000 for dependents
Funerals: $2,500; may include travel to funeral for closest relatives
Travel: in extraordinary circumstances (off- island medical care) transportation can be paid (requires medical referral)
Pain and suffering: award scale based on seriousness of crime and injury
Attorney fees: 2% of awards of $1,000 or less; 5% of awards over $1,000