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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board

Are You the Victim of a Crime?    

​If you or someone you know has been the victim of a violent crime in Minnesota the compensation program may be able to help.  The Crime Victims Reparations Board provides financial help to victims and their families for losses incurred as a result of the crime.



Program Overview

How to Apply

Complete Application Form

The completed application form must be signed and dated, and mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300

St. Paul, MN 55101-1515

651-201-7300 or 1-888-622-8799

Fax: 651-296-5787

Email: DPS Justice Programs

Your victim/witness coordinator in your county attorney's office or your local sexual assault or domestic violence program should also have the forms and information for application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Crime involving an injury or death (Property crimes are not covered)
    • Homicide
    • Assault
    • Child abuse
    • Sexual assault
    • Robbery
    • Kidnapping
    • Domestic abuse
    • Stalking
    • Criminal vehicular operation and drunk driving
  • Crime must have occurred in Minnesota, or in a foreign country without a compensation program (If occurred in another state see the state links for other state programs)
  • Crime must be reported to police within 30 days
  • Claim must be filed within 3 years
  • Victim must cooperate fully with police and prosecutor
  • Victim must not have committed a crime or contributed through misconduct


  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical and dental bills
  • Mental health counseling expenses
  • Child care and household services
  • Loss of wages
  • Crime Scene cleanup
  • Financial support for dependents of a homicide victim

The program pays only those expenses which are not covered by another source such as health insurance, medical assistance, charity care, auto insurance, workman's compensation, vacation/sick leave, short and long term disability, etc. 

Pain and suffering, and damaged or stolen money or property are not covered.

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The Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board is a state program that was established by the Legislature in 1974 to help victims with their financial losses and aid in their recovery from a violent crime. 

Our mission is to reduce the economic impact of violent crime on victims and their families by providing direct financial assistance; and to hold criminal offenders accountable for the costs of crime through improved collection of restitution and civil awards.


To learn more about our program and its history, please view our latest Annual Report.