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Compensation Benefits For Crime Victims

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Any crime victim trying to get compensation benefits has to go through an application process first.

This is what staff from different local agencies learned about. Several members from Domestic Violence Services, and the Sexual Assault Response Center met at the United Way in Kennewick.

They say a lot of the time, victims of a crime don't know all the resources available to them. And some of them could be missing out on some financial help.

"People who have no insurance at all are the ones that benefit the most from the crime victim program, because we can pay their medical bills, mental health counseling bills when they're the victim of a crime," said Jacqueline Kaitoin, Claims Manager for the Washington Crime Victim Program.

This program only covers victims of personal crimes. It doesn't apply to property or identity theft.

If you've been a victim and need to find out more information about compensation benefits you can call 1-800-762-3716.