The state of Vermont has a program that can help victims of violent crime with expenses they cannot cover in other ways. Some of the things they can help with include:
- Medical and dental expenses
- Counseling for victims and their family members
- Lost wages if a victim had to miss work
- Money for prescriptions, eyeglasses, etc.
- Funeral expenses if the death was a result of a crime
- Temporary coverage of living expenses for legal dependants
- Limited assistance moving to a new home.
Some of the eligibility rules include:
- The crime must have been reported to the police
- The victim was physically hurt or emotional harmed as a result of the crime
- The crime happened in Vermont or to VT resident in a country with no other Compensation program.
- The crime happened after July 1, 1987
- The victim did not violate a law which contributed to their injuries
Family members of a homicide victim may also be eligible.
More information about the program can be found on the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services’ website, here. The application can be downloaded here.