What is VCCO?
New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) pays for some services, expenses, and
financial losses for victims of certain criminal acts. The VCCO can award up to $25,000 for all
expenses, but most types of benefits have lower limits. Below are some examples:
Type of Benefits and Amounts
Type of Benefit
|Emergency relocation costs
|Mental Health counseling
|Hospital, physician and physical
($35,000, if long-term or lifelong injury)
|Care of child or dependent
|Loss of earnings
||$600 per week for 104 weeks
Attorney fees for filing a VCCO
claim and handling claim appeal
$125 per hour up to 15% of the total award
The VCCO is a resource of last resort. VCCO benefits are only available if other sources of payment
(such as health insurance, worker’s compensation, government or private disability benefits, etc.)
have been used first.
What services, expenses, or losses are covered?
The VCCO covers costs resulting from eligible crimes that are related to:
- treatment (medical, counseling, dental, etc.)
- crime scene clean up
- attorney fees
- court attendance
- loss of earnings or support
What crimes are covered?
Covered crimes include but are not limited to:
- domestic violence
- sexual assault
- human trafficking
- aggravated assault
Who can get benefits?
You may apply for VCCO benefits if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You are the victim of an eligible crime or the
dependents of the victim of an eligible crime.
- You are a resident of the State of New Jersey or
the crime occurred in New Jersey.
- You have eligible financial losses as a result of
an eligible criminal act.
- The crime was reported to law enforcement within
nine months, and the VCCO application was filed within three years from the date of the
crime. Consideration will be given if “good cause” exists for delayed filing.
- You cooperated with police and prosecutor’s office.
However, eligibility is not dependent upon conviction or prosecution of the offender.
- Insurance and other payment sources, such as
restitution paid by the offender, will not cover the bills submitted.
- You did not contribute to your injuries or provoke
the incident; you were not responsible for, nor did you participate in the crime that caused
- You do not currently owe VCCO assessments imposed
- You do not currently have an arrest warrant or
pending criminal charges in Superior Court.
Note: Providing a Social Security Number is optional.
What crimes are covered?
What documentation needs to be attached?
- All bills for covered expenses
- Certification or a letter explaining the criminal
Before you start
- This site will help you apply for VCCO assistance,
but only the program can decide whether or not to approve your request.
- If you decide to apply, you should gather all the
information you have about the incidents, such as dates and locations, before you start. You
will need this information to answer the questions.
- It should take between 30 and 40 minutes to answer
all of the questions. At this time, you cannot submit your application online. You can
submit it via email or regular mail, but will need access to a printer either way so that
you can sign your completed application.
If you are low-income and need additional help, you can
apply online for help from Legal Services of New Jersey at www.lsnjlawhotline.org.