For information regarding victim compensation for the incident on 11/27/15, go to the Black Friday Incident page.

If you are the victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible for assistance through the Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Program. The funds for this program are collected from the fines paid by convicted defendants. Awards to victims are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board, whose three members are local citizens appointed by the District Attorney.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a victim of a compensable crime, a relative of a victim, or a witness at the scene. A compensable crime means an intentional, knowing, reckless, or criminally negligent act of a person that results in residential property damage to or physical or psychological injury to another person or results in loss of or damage to eyeglasses, dentures or other medically necessary devices and which, if committed by a person of full legal capacity, is punishable as a crime in this state. Expanded to include careless driving resulting in death and hit and run resulting in death.
  • The crime must have been committed in El Paso or Teller County.
  • The law enforcement authorities must be notified within 72 hours.
  • Application must be filed within one year from the date of the crime.
  • The victim must cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and the prosecution.
  • The injury or the death of the victim was not a result of the victim's wrongful act. The victim must not have provoked the injury.
  • If the victim has insurance, those benefits must be utilized before compensation funds can be awarded.

COMPENSABLE LOSSES INCLUDE

  • Reasonable medical and dental expenses
  • Mental health counseling and alternatives
  • Replacement of prosthetic devices
  • Lost wages/ loss of support to dependents
  • Burial/funeral expenses
  • Outpatient care
  • Homemaker services
  • Property damage is limited to replacement of exterior doors, locks or windows on residential property
  • Emergency assistance

COMPENSATION DOES NOT COVER

  • Loss of money or personal property
  • Damaged or stolen vehicles
  • Pain and suffering

VICTIM COMPENSATION BOARD

The Victim Compensation Board and the DA's Office do not provide a list of therapists to claimants.

Please utilize the self-help trauma website for questions relating to trauma from the incident occurring on November 28, 2015.


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