Crime Victim's Compensation

The Illinois Attorney General’s Crime Victims Department administers the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program. Suppose you are the victim of a violent crime or crime of violence and sustain physical injuries. In that case, you may receive compensation for medical/hospital expenses, counseling, loss of earnings, and tuition reimbursement. Additionally, some coverage may be provided to survivors and relatives in certain circumstances.


To be eligible for compensation:

  • The applicant must first exhaust other remedies reasonably available (i.e., private health or life insurance, Medicare, and Public Aid)
  • Cooperate fully with law enforcement officials
  • You must report the crime within 72 hours

The following are not eligible for compensation:

  • Injuries or death attributable to wrongful conduct or provocation by the victim
  • Property loss or pain and suffering