Victim Support Services

Support services for victims of crime

  • Community outreach and education (see Calendar of Events)
  • Advocacy, including court advocacy
  • Access and referrals to medical and social services
  • Assessment of victim safety and assistance in formulating a safety plan
  • Individual counseling and group support
  • Follow-up
  • Assistance with filing Victim Compensation Application and VINE registration

Crime can be costly for the victims.  In addition to the emotional and physical costs there are other unexpected expenses such as:

  • Medical and related expenses
  • Counseling for family members of a victim affected by specific crimes (up to $2,500 per person or $7,500 per family)
  • Wages lost because of the crime
  • Funeral and burial expenses (up to $7,500)
  • Financial support for dependents of  a homicide victim
  • Replacement services (paying someone to do what the victim would normally do such as housecleaning, child care, errands, etc.)
  • Crime scene cleanup (including repairs for safety purposes) (up to $750)
  • Evidence replacement (up to $750)

 

»Victims of a crime that poses a substantial threat of personal injury or death

»Dependents of a homicide victim

»Claimants responsible for a crime victim’s expenses such as a parent or guardian.

»A victim who was not committing a criminal act that contributed to his or her injuries.

»A victim whose expenses are not fully covered by insurance or other sources

»The offender or accomplice of the offender

»Anyone who has been convicted of a felony, felonious conduct, child endangerment, or domestic violence within 10 years prior to the crime or while the application is pending.

»Victims who do not report the crime and those who do not cooperate with law enforcement

»Compensation cannot be paid for pain and suffering or stolen, damaged, or lost property.

»Total expenditures cannot exceed $50,000.

»Claims must total at least $50.

»Costs payable through other sources, such as insurance or the Hospital Care Assurance Program, are not eligible.

  • Out-of-school activities
  • Youth workshops and leadership training

As you start to adjust to life without your dear one, your life becomes a little calmer and more organized. Your physical symptoms lessen, and your "depression" begins to lift slightly.

 

As you become more functional, your mind starts working again, and you will find yourself seeking realistic solutions to problems posed by life without your loved one. You will start to work on practical and financial problems and reconstructing yourself and your life without him or her.

 

During this, the last of the seven stages in this grief model, you learn to accept and deal with the reality of your situation. Acceptance does not necessarily mean instant happiness. Given the pain and turmoil you have experienced, you can never return to the carefree, untroubled YOU that existed before this tragedy. But you will find a way forward. You will start to look forward and actually plan things for the future. Eventually, you will be able to think about your lost loved one without pain; sadness, yes, but the wrenching pain will be gone. You will once again anticipate some good times to come, and yes, even find joy again in the experience of living.

 

Crime victim’s advocates are available to assist with filling out the application and throughout the process. Claims are reviewed and the determination of eligibility for compensation will be made by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The application is free. If you feel you may be eligible contact our office.