Under the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act. persons who have either been victims of violent crimes or are family members of deceased victims are entitled to receive compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
There are a number of criteria that the board will consider once an application for compensation is made. While a criminal conviction against the offender(s) is helpful, it is not necessary to receive compensation. The board considers both the short term and long term suffering a victim has experienced.
A hearing often takes place in order for the board to determine the merits of the application. The board may award compensation for a victim’s pain and suffering, loss of income, reimbursement for counseling or monies towards future counseling. We assist an applicant from the drafting and submitting of the application to collecting evidence and providing representation at a hearing. We have also successfully claimed contribution towards legal fees.