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Crime can have a devastating and lasting impact on your finances, which is why the Crime Victim Compensation Act was written into law in 1982.

Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) offers financial assistance to victims and/or their family members who have suffered physical or emotional injury as a result of certain crimes.

Victims of a compensable crime may be eligible if:

  • The crime was reported to law enforcement within 72 hours
  • The victim has cooperated with law enforcement and/or prosecution
  • The victim applied for CVC within one year of the date of the crime
  • The death or injury of the victim was not a result of the victim's own wrongful act or provocation

One or more requirements may be waived for good cause or in the interest of justice.

  • Medical expenses
  • Mental health counseling
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of support
  • External doors, locks, or windows

The claim maximum is $30,000; however, there are limitations on specific awards.

  • Personal property
  • Cash
  • Pain and suffering

Per Colorado law, a compensable crime as defined for Crime Victim Compensation is an intentional, knowing, reckless, or criminally negligent act of a person that results in residential property damage or bodily (physical and/or emotional) injury of another person.

Some examples are provided below; however, this list is not all inclusive, and Crime Victim Compensation may make awards on a case-by-case basis.

  • Domestic assault
  • Assault
  • Sex assault
  • DUI
  • Kidnapping
  • Arson
  • Homicide
  • Burglary/criminal mischief
  • Vehicular assault
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Stalking
  • Robbery
  • Terrorism
  • Careless driving
  • Violation of protection order

The Crime Victim Compensation Board meets monthly to review completed applications. Upon review of the completed application and law enforcement report, the board determines if the victim meets all eligibility requirements. Awards and denials of covered expenses are made during this meeting, and you will be notified of the board decision by mail within 10 business days following the meeting. Please be aware that typical claim processing time is between 30 and 60 days.

If your request is approved, specific documentation is required before any payment can be made. Upon receipt of all required documentation, payment will be made to you and/or the service provider.

If your request is denied, you have the right to request a reconsideration of the board’s decision within 30 days of being notified.

The Crime Victim Compensation Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30 am at the District Attorney's Office located at 201 Laporte Ave., Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO 80521, unless otherwise noted.

Anyone attending CVC Board meetings is required to comply with security screening procedures as directed upon entering the District Attorney’s Office and will need to provide their full name to be included in the minutes of the meeting.

To request a copy of CVC policies, procedures, by-laws and/or meeting minutes, please call Candace Smith, CVC Administrator at (970) 498-7290.

To ensure an equitable and fair process for all CVC applications and to preserve CVC claim confidentiality pursuant to C.R.S. 24-4.1-107.5, persons attending the CVC meetings may only address the CVC Board at a time the Board deems appropriate. If there is a matter you wish the CVC Board to consider, please outline the request or question in writing and submit it no later than the first of the month to the CVC Administrator at the address at the bottom of this page.  Written requests submitted for CVC Board consideration at a monthly meeting will be deferred to the next scheduled monthly meeting, if received after the first of the month. 

The members of the 8th Judicial District CVC Board, upon affirmative vote of two thirds of the quorum present, may hold an executive session pursuant to the Colorado Open Meeting Law (C.R.S. 24-6-402(4) et seq.) and CVC Bylaws. 

If your Victim Compensation claim was denied within the last 30 days, you have the right to request a reconsideration of the board's decision. Submit your written request for reconsideration to:
Crime Victim Compensation
201 LaPorte Ave Ste 200
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Fax: (970) 498-7250.

Your request for reconsideration must include new or additional information that was not available to the board for initial consideration.

If, after reconsideration of your claim, the board upholds the claim denial, you have a right to file an appeal in accordance with Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Crime Victim Compensation Board of the Eighth Judicial District and staff are dedicated to conducting an open, fair, and equitable application and award process for all compensation requests received. Each board member has experience working with crime victims and is familiar with the impact of crime.

To report a Standards Violation, please contact the Division of Community Justice at:
700 Kipling St Ste 1000
Denver, CO 80215
(303) 239-4493
(888) 282-1080 (toll free)

Thank you for your interest in working with Crime Victim Compensation to serve crime victims of Larimer and Jackson counties. Your compassion and dedication is important to our community. Thank you again for everything you do!

Below are links to downloadable versions of the most up-to-date information and forms.