If you or a family member has suffered personal injury as a result of:
You may file a claim for compensation from the South Dakota Crime Victims’ Compensation Program. However, not all crimes or expenses are covered.
Awards of compensation of up to $15,000 may be made from the South Dakota Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. Compensation is approved by the Department of Social Services and funded through a court surcharge on criminal offenders. Compensation is available only to the extent that funds are generated from the surcharge. No compensation can be awarded when money is not available, and compensation is only available for persons who meet the eligibility requirements.
Crime victims are eligible to apply for compensation whether or not the crime is a tribal, state or federal crime.
To apply, you must complete a Crime Victims’ Compensation Application form. Forms are available from all local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Social Services, or the Office of the Attorney General.
Any one of the below individuals can apply for assistance:
Upon receipt of the application, law enforcement, physicians, service providers, etc. are contacted to verify all information. The Department of Social Services reviews the claim and decides whether the claim is eligible and the amount to be paid. The claimant has the right to appeal the decision to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Commission.
Compensation may be available for expenses incurred as a direct result of the criminal acts of another person if not covered by another source. Examples of expenses covered under the law are: medical care, rehabilitation, funeral expenses, loss of income, counseling, dental expenses, child care costs and mileage.
Emergency awards of up to $1,000 may be made under extraordinary circumstances. An award may be made for immediate verifiable needs as a result of loss of income or support, emergency medical expenses or funeral expenses. Any emergency award will be deducted from the final award and must be deducted from expenses already incurred.