State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program – Wisconsin

WISCONSIN Office of Crime Victims Services Department of Justice P.O. Box 7951 Madison, WI 53707-7951 1-800-446-6564 FAX: (608) 264-6363

The program has responsibility for compensation and for administration of federal and state victim services grants. The program was created in 1978. Executive Director: Kitty Kocol Compensation Manager: Gillian Nevers FUNDING The program receives an annual appropriation, as well as a VOCA grant. BENEFITS Maximum award: funeral benefit $40,000; additional $2,000 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Reporting period: 5 days Filing period: 1 year Exceptions: For child victims, reporting deadline is 5 days from disclosure, or 18th birthday if adult fails to report on victim’s behalf within 5 days of disclosure; filing deadline is 1 year from 18th birthday. Report deadline may be extend up to 30 days for adults, with additional waiver possible. PROCEDURES After initial document gathering, a claims specialist reviews application and makes a recommendation to award or deny. If the claims specialist recommends denial, the program manager is given the file for final decision making. Appeals: Applicant has 30 days to request in writing a reconsideration by the program. If the program director does not change the decision, the applicant may seek a hearing before an administrative hearings examiner. A final appeal may be taken in circuit court. Compensable Costs (with limits) Medical expenses Mental health counseling Lost wages/support: includes lost wages to attend funeral Funerals: $2,000 Replacement services: homemaker and childcare services Crime-scene cleanup/evidence: $1,000 to secure and clean crime scene; $300 to replace clothing or bedding held as evidence; $200 to replace property made unusable by crime-laboratory testing Attorney fees: up to 10% of award or $100, whichever is less Emergency: $500 Wisconsin

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