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Thursday, February 6, 2020

State's Crime Victim Compensation Program assists 1,200 Rhode Islanders in 2019

A million dollars in aid to crime victims

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Over 1,200 Rhode Islanders, including nearly 200 children, who were victims of violent crimes during 2019 received more than $1 million in total financial assistance from the Crime Victim Compensation Program (CVCP), which is managed by the Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.

Among those who received assistance from the program in 2019 were forty-two victims of domestic violence who received emergency relocation funding to immediately escape unsafe, life-threatening living situations. 

During the year, the CVCP also provided financial support for mental health counseling for thirty-six minors who witnessed acts of domestic violence or homicide


"The toll of being a victim of violent crime is high enough without the victims having to endure financial costs to overcome the challenges they face," said Treasurer Magaziner. 

"Our office is ready to help Rhode Islanders recover from violent crime and to help keep victims of domestic violence and their families safe."

The CVCP provides reimbursement to Rhode Islanders for expenses related to violent crime, including medical, dental, and counseling expenses, as well as relocation and other expenses. 

To be eligible to participate in Rhode Island's CVCP, victims of violent crime must file a police report within 10 days of the alleged crime and file a claim with CVCP no later than three years after the crime.

More information about Rhode Island's Crime Victim Compensation program can be found at ricvcp.com.