More crime victims eligible for financial assistance

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Michigan’s Crime Victim Compensation program will be more widely available to crime victims and their family members thanks to legislative changes going into effect Saturday, Aug. 12. Expansions to Crime Victim Compensation were signed last year by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to broaden program eligibility requirements and help ensure equitable access to financial benefits.

“This historic expansion in Michigan’s Crime Victim Compensation and the investment in the bipartisan budget I just signed shows our shared commitment to supporting victims across the state,” Gov. Whitmer said. “Since I took office, we have invested $1.5 billion in public safety. As a former prosecutor, this is a top priority for me and I will work with anyone to ensure Michiganders feel safe at home, school, work, and in their neighborhoods.”

Under the new legislation, the maximum award limit has been increased from $25,000 to $45,000, and more people impacted by crime physically, emotionally, psychologically or mentally may be eligible for compensation. In addition to medical expenses, counseling, lost wages, and replacement services, compensation will now be available for items such as residential security, bereavement and relocation-related expenses.

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