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Crime Victim Restitution

What Is Crime Victim Restitution?

Restitution differs from crime victim compensation in that you are paid by the perpetrator, not by funds through a government funded compensation program overseen by the state in which you live.

Restitution is ordered by the court hearing your case and is paid to you as a victim as part of the perpetrator's sentence, in order to cover costs that you have (or are expected in the future) to cover such as medical expenses, counseling, lost wages, travel costs, etc.  In the case of restitution, a conviction is necessary.

Compensation and restititution cannot be collected for the same losses. Restitution does not cover pain and suffering or emotional distress, however you can obtain both restitution and civil damages which does cover that which restitution does not.

Many trauma herapists and other health care workers specially trained in caring for survivors (dentists, chiropractors, etc.) are listed as providers for their state's Crime Victim Compensation Boards and are able to provide you with referrals to your State's Attorney General or a civil attorney.