Victims of Crime Act Benefits

What is the Victims of Crime program?

  • The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) supports state programs to provide compensation and
    assistance to victims of federal and state crimes.
  • For firefighters, this would generally include deaths that involved arson, homicide, or other

What types of benefits are available to families of firefighters killed in the line of duty?

  • Each state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides financial assistance.
  • The compensable costs and amounts vary from state to state.

What costs may be eligible?

  • Medical costs
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Mental health counseling

Compensation is only paid when other financial resources, such as private insurance, do not cover
the expenses.

How can I get more information?

  • Visit the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime website at for a complete list of all services and contact
    information on offices throughout the United States and its territories. See for a direct link to your state’s information.
  • Call toll free at 1-800-851-3420 to order printed resources from DOJ.