The California Victim Compensation Program was created to lessen the financial impact of crime on qualifying victims. Under California law (Government Code Sections 13959-13969.3), qualifying victims of crime may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime when they cannot be reimbursed by other sources.
The crime must have occurred in California, or to a California resident, and the victim cannot have been a participant in the crime.
This program is a "payer of last resort" for victims' out-of-pocket (non-reimbursed) losses, and applies only where the crime directly involved physical injury or threat of injury. New domestic violence guidelines adopted by the State Board of Control provide that a child who witnesses an incident of domestic violence is now considered to be at risk of physical injury and qualifies as a direct victim of a crime.