NASHVILLE, Tenn – The Tennessee Treasury Department is joining organizations across the country April 2 – 8 in recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The week is a way to raise awareness of victims’ rights, inspire the community, and address unmet needs. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Program, a program of the Tennessee Treasury Department, works to help innocent of violent crimes in Tennessee.The theme for the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is Strength. Resilience. Justice., reflective of the week’s purpose to strengthen victims, help them remain resilient, and assist communities in attaining justice and healing. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is a fund of last resort for innocent victims of violent crime. While the fund cannot cover all expenses, such as those covered by other resources or damage to personal property, it may cover expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of support to financial dependents, and more.
A program of the Tennessee Treasury Department, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Program has paid more than $290 million since 1982, when the program began making payments to help crime victims in Tennessee begin to restore hope and recover from the financial burden of victimization. More information about who will qualify for assistance and what expenses may be eligible are detailed in a fund brochure. As a service to victims, assistance in Spanish is also available.
The money paid by criminals for fines, penalties, and fees helps to fund the program.
This article originally appeared as a press release from the Tennessee Department of Treasury.