What is the difference between restitution and Crime Victim Compensation?
Restitution is something the defendant is ordered to pay to the victim, upon sentencing by the judge in the case. Often, court cases take some time to be resolved and for the defendant to be sentenced. In addition, the defendant may only pay very small amounts every month toward their restitution. For all of these reasons, it sometimes takes a while for the victim to receive any restitution monies.
Crime Victim Compensation is a funding program that is available more quickly than restitution money. Its purpose is to help relieve the cost of the crime from the victim, as it can take such a long time to receive restitution payments. As a result, the victim is ultimately responsible for the bills, the costs of the crime, until they receive restitution money. Crime Victim Compensation is separate from restitution and victims must apply separately for victim compensation funds, which can pay more quickly. You must meet the eligibility criteria for Crime Victim Compensation and it is not awarded to everyone who applies. (SEE VICTIM COMPENSATION)