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Written by attorney Ronald Walter Kim | May 27, 2016

VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND – STATE OF ALABAMA

In an effort to alleviate hardships suffered by victims of crime, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission Law on June 1, 1984. Alabama's compensation law covers a variety of expenses for which compensation is paid. The Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission provides the only substantial financial compensation to victims for expenses for personal injuries including medical, funeral and counseling bills. This assistance lessens the financial burden on innocent victims of violent crime and serves as a vehicle of hope for the rights of crime victims. The Alabama state law is unique. It requires a victim or family member of a victim of violent crime to serve on the three-member Commission which hears victim compensation cases. This provision insures that claims are reviewed from the victim's standpoint. "It is the mission of the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission to provide timely and efficient assistance to innocent victims of violent crime in a confidential manner. The Commission primarily offers this assistance by providing eligible victims of violent crime with financial assistance for qualified expenses, while always being mindful that crime victims have the right to be treated with fairness, compassion and respect. The Commission also works in conjunction with others in the victim service community to advocate for victims’ rights and other related issues." Now there is hope for victims of crime. You can begin the healing process by calling the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission or visit their website at http://www.acvcc.state.al.us/.

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