The Arkansas Crime Victim Reparations Program, administered by the Office of the Attorney General on behalf of the Crime Victims Reparations Board, provides financial compensation to victims who have suffered personal injury or death as the result of violent crime.
Eligible victims may qualify for up to $10,000 for medical care, counseling, lost wages, funeral expenses, crime scene clean up, or loss of support for dependents of deceased victims. Victims suffering catastrophic injuries may qualify for up to $25,000. Eligible victims may be awarded reparations regardless of whether there has been an arrest or conviction related to the crime.
The Sexual Assault Reimbursement Program allows evidence to be collected after a sexual assault has been committed without the victim bearing the burden of the expense. It pays for ambulance services and medical or legal examinations.
Victims may apply for compensation by submitting an application to the Attorney General’s office. Applications are available from the Attorney General’s office or from Arkansas’ 28 elected prosecutors.
These programs are funded by fees collected from criminal offenders and a federal grant through the Victims of Crime Act, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Those eligible to apply:
The criteria to receive compensation:
Crime victims have these rights:
To ensure your rights are protected:
The program’s administrative staff at the Attorney General’s office are responsible for conducting investigations on all submitted claims. The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board then determines which claims are to be paid and how much may be awarded.
Claims are limited to $10,000 or $25,000 in the case of catastrophic injury. In 2016, nearly 2,000 victims of violent crime were awarded nearly $3 million by the board.