State of Alaska

Department of Administration

Violent Crimes Compensation Board

Alaska Department of Administration, Violent Crimes Compensation Board

Eligibility

Which Crimes are Compensable?

The following crimes are compensable:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Robbery
  • Threats to do bodily harm
  • Driving under the influence
  • Arson in the 1st degree (personal injury only)
  • Federal crimes e.g. trafficking

Please note, a protective or restraining order is a civil matter and will not, by itself, establish you as being eligible for this program
An award can be made whether or not a person is prosecuted or convicted of one of the crimes listed.

Contributory Conduct

Board awards are discretionary.  By statute, the Board shall consider all relevant circumstances under which the crime occurred.  This may include provocation by the victim, consent or any other behavior of the victim that directly or indirectly contributed to the victim’s injury or death.
Note:  this is subject to the “reasonable person “ test – i.e. a reasonable person would or should have known that his or her behavior could lead to their victimization.

  • The Board may deny a claim where the evidence shows that the crime and victimization was directly linked to the manufacture, selling or purchase of illegal drugs
If the crime is domestic violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse of a minor, the Board cannot deny a claim based on provocation, use of alcohol or drugs, or prior social history of the victim