Mississippi Program Helps Victims Of Violence

If you or a family member has been a victim of a violent crime, and have financial losses resulting from the injuries that are not fully covered by insurance or any other source, you can apply for the Crime Victim Compensation Program. It offers up to $10,000 to help victims and their dependents pay for funeral expenses, medical costs and lost wages.

The goal of the program is to help ease the aftermath of crimes like assaults, homicides, sexual assaults, child sexual or physical abuse, domestic violence and DUI crashes. There are certain eligibility conditions and steps families must follow, including filling out a claims application.

Harrison County's Coroner told WLOX News about the program, after watching our story about three St. Martin family members who were killed November 1st. The family had no insurance.

Gary Hargrove says many people don't realize that the program exists. He says for families that don't have any money or have no insurance, the program will help offset some of the expenses that they will incur. It also helps survivors who are trying to get through the trauma of the crime.

If you want to know more about the Crime Victim Compensation Program, you can call 1-800-829-6766 or 601-359-6766.