Crime vic­tims fund pays out over $5M in past fis­cal year

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Virginia -

RICH­MOND — A Vir­ginia fund for vic­tims of crime re­ported pay­ing $5.2 mil­lion dur­ing the past fis­cal year.

The new re­port sent to the gover­nor and law­mak­ers shows the Vir­ginia Vic­tims Fund’s big­gest ex­pense was for funeral ex­penses, which are capped at $5,000 each per victim.

The fund also re­ported a 15 per­cent in­crease over the pre­vi­ous year in claims to pay for foren­sic ev­i­dence col­lec­tion for vic­tims of sex­ual as­saults.

The vic­tims fund is not paid for with state money but is funded through court fees, as­sess­ments on of­fend­ers and other sources. It has pro­cessed more than 40,000 claims from vic­tims of vi­o­lent crime since its cre­ation in 1977.

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