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Victim Compensation


The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council administers the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program, which helps victims and their families through the emotional and physical aftermath of a crime by easing the monetary impact placed upon them by providing financial benefits for expenses such as medical bills, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, and crime scene clean-up. Download an application to the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program. You can also call the Crime Victims Compensation Program at 404-657-2222, 1-800-547-0060 or 404-463-7650 (TTY).


Victim Restitution

Restitution is defined as money a judge orders the offender to pay the victim as compensation for out-of-pocket expenses related to a crime. Restitution is part of the offender's sentence and can be ordered in juvenile cases following a conviction or a guilty plea. The amount of restitution ordered by the judge is contingent upon the victim's expenses related to the crime and the offender's ability to pay. Restitution is paid to the Clerk of the Juvenile Court in the county of the crime. The Department of Juvenile Justice staff monitors the offender to ensure that the payments have been made as ordered by the Court. Restitution is distributed to the victim by the Clerk of the Juvenile Court.


Victim Impact Statement

Victim impact statements are written or oral information from crime victims, in their own words, about how a crime has affected them. Victim impact statements allow the victim's voice to be heard during various phases of the juvenile justice process. The purpose of victim impact statements is to allow crime victims to describe to the Court the impact of the crime. A judge may use information from these statements to help determine an offender's disposition or to allow for a youth to be released early. Victim impact statements are often the victims' only opportunity to participate in the juvenile justice process or to confront the offenders who have harmed them.

Victim impact statements may include descriptions of:

  • Physical damage caused by the crime.
  • Emotional damage caused by the crime.
  • Financial costs to the victim from the crime.
  • Medical or psychological treatments required by the victim or his or her family.
  • The need for restitution.
  • The victim's views on the crime or the offenders.
  • The victim's views on an appropriate disposition.

Please complete the Victim Impact Statement and fax to 404-508-7333. Your contact information will be confidential.

Click here for Victim Impact Statement.

   
 

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