GEORGIA CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION PROGRAM
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council administers the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program, which helps victims and their families through the emotional and physical aftermath of crime. The Compensation Program eases the monetary impact to families by providing financial benefits for expenses such as medical bills, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, and crime scene sanitization.
To be eligible for the program:
- You are an innocent victim of a violent crime and suffered personal injury
- You went to the aid of another and suffered personal injury and/or serious mental or emotional trauma as a result
- You witnessed or were threatened with a crime and suffered serious mental or emotional trauma as a result
- You are the parent or legal guardian of a minor victim
- You are the parent or legal guardian of a minor victim and you lost wages or support due to the victimization
- You are the surviving spouse, parent, sibling or child of a homicide victim (includes step relationships for crimes occurring on or after May 6, 2015)
- You were legally dependent on support from a deceased crime victim
- You are a domestic violence victim who is dependent on support from the offender
- You are not the victim, but you have been paying bills related to the crime
CRIME VICTIMS ADVOCACY COUNCIL
The Crime Victims Advocacy Council (CVAC) is dedicated to preventing crime and assisting crime victims and their families and communicates in Georgia through quality education, advocacy, counseling, and legislative initiatives. CVAC was founded in 1989 and has helped close to 10,000 crime victims. Click here to view CVAC’s brochure.
CVAC has a hotline for crime victims to call if they need support: 770-333-9254.
CVAC also offers scholarships to qualified, degree-seeking students. These 1-year scholarships are offered in the amount of $2,000.00 and will be based upon merit, need, and the availability of funds. Click here to download the application.
CRIME VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS
The Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights provides individuals who are victims of certain crimes specific rights. These rights include:
- The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any scheduled court proceedings or any changes to such proceedings
- The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of the arrest, release, or escape of the accused
- The right not to be excluded from any scheduled court proceedings, except as provided by law
- The right to be heard at any scheduled court proceedings involving the release, plea, or sentencing of the accused
- The right to file a written objection in any parole proceedings involving the accused
- The right to confer with the prosecuting attorney in any criminal prosecution related to the victim
- The right to restitution as provided by law
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay
- The right to be treated fairly and with dignity by all criminal justice agencies involved in the case
The Crime Victims Bill of Rights specifically applies to victims of the following crimes:
- Assault and battery
- Kidnapping, false imprisonment, and related offenses
- Reckless conduct
- Cruelty to children
- Stalking and aggravated stalking
- Cruelty to a person 65 years of age or older
- All sexual offenses
- Arson, Bombs, and explosives
- Forgery, deposit account fraud, illegal use of financial transaction cards, other fraud-related offenses, computer crimes, and identity theft
- Sale or distribution of harmful materials to minors
- Homicide by vehicle
- Feticide by vehicle
- Serious injury by vehicle
Kate’s Club is an Atlanta non-profit dedicated to providing support for children and teens (ages 5-18) grieving the death of a parent or sibling. All programs are offered at no cost to families and are a unique mix of social, recreational, and therapeutic activities. You can learn more about Kate’s club on their website or by calling 404-347-7619.
For an application to Kate’s Club, click here.
Governor’s Victim Assistance Helpline: 1-800-338-6745
Atlanta Victim Assistance: 404-588-4740
Children’s Burial Assistance: 404-207-2252
The Compassionate Friends (North Atlanta Chapter): 470-554-4301
The Compassionate Friends (Atlanta/Tucker): 770-698-9828