State of Michigan Crime Victims Compensation

This program helps pay out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost earnings, funeral bills or financial support for people who suffer physical and/or emotional injury as a direct result of a crime in Michigan. The following information highlights some of the Crime Victims Compensation Board's requirements and coverage, for detailed criteria please contact the Board directly at 877-251-7373 or our Victims Unit at 517-788-4071.
  • There is a one-time maximum award of $25,000.
  • $350 a week is the maximum payment for lost earnings or support.
  • Psychological counseling - 35 hourly sessions for victim.
  • $80 therapist or licensed counselor.
  • $125 psychologist or licensed physician.

Homicide Victims Only

$5,000 is the maximum funeral payment. This may include $500 for grief counseling. Victim counseling expenses with some limitations may also be available. Crime Scene clean-up $500 - if the crime scene is located at the residence of the victim.

It is important to note:
  • That a crime must be reported to the police within 48 hours after the injury unless there was a good reason for a delay, or the injured person is a child.
  • The victim must be willing to cooperate with the police and prosecutor. A person cannot have committed or be an accomplice to the crime.
  • Inmates are not eligible.
  • A claim will be rejected if the victim caused the injury or was doing something illegal and dangerous at the time of the injury.

Items Not Covered

Not covered by the Crime Victims Compensation Board:
  • Property loss or damage.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Relocation costs, living expenses, or the costs of participating in a trial.
  • Loss of earnings for an injured person's family members.
  • In traffic cases crime victims compensation is limited to the unpaid balance on funeral expenses after no-fault insurance pays.