Responsibility for Repayment of Victim Funds

According to California law, CalVCB can only reimburse victims for crime-related expenses if there are no other sources of reimbursement. If CalVCB reimburses a victim for losses and another source of funds becomes available due to the same criminal incident, CalVCB must be reimbursed.

This information is intended to help CalVCB claimants and attorneys understand the requirements for repaying victim compensation when another source of reimbursement has become available (i.e. workers' compensation, vehicle insurance or lawsuit settlement, etc.).

Repayment Details

CalVCB is entitled to be repaid when a recipient of victim compensation funds receives a judgment, award or settlement for their crime-related expenses. The amount of repayment will not exceed the amount of compensation granted.

CalVCB must be given notice and opportunity to collect repayment before the related settlement funds are disbursed.

If a recipient of victim compensation receives reimbursement from another source due to the same criminal incident, or initiates a lawsuit for monetary damages or reimbursement through an insurance claim, the recipient or his or her attorney must notify CalVCB within 30 days of filing any action or submitting a claim.

California law gives CalVCB statutory lien rights on any settlement or funds received by the compensation recipient that are related to the same criminal incident.

In order to apply for and receive victim compensation, all applicants must agree to the above reporting requirements.

Payments to CalVCB should be sent to:
CalVCB
Attn: Accounting Section
P.O. Box 1348
Sacramento, CA 95812-1348

For more information about what to do when CalVCB has indicated repayment is required, select the link below:

Civil Lawsuits

The recipient of victim compensation or his or her attorney must notify CalVCB within 30 days of initiating any civil lawsuit that is related to the crime for which victim compensation has been or is being paid.

Written notification to CalVCB must contain the following information and documents:

The victim compensation recipient or attorney will be mailed information explaining the necessary steps and options available to satisfy the payment obligation, if any.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

CalVCB must be provided with proper notice of any workers’ compensation claim related to the same incident or injuries for which victim compensation has been paid or is being paid.

All forms of workers’ compensation may be subject to repayment and/or a lien, including but not limited to:

Vehicle Insurance Claims

CalVCB must be provided with proper notice of any vehicle insurance (automotive, boat, motorcycle, aircraft, etc.) claim related to the same injuries for which victim compensation has been paid or is being paid.

Notification of intent to file a vehicle insurance claim must include the following:

Insurance company information must also include the names of the adjustors, addresses, phone numbers and all policy/claim numbers.

Special Note to Attorneys

Attorneys and/or victim compensation recipients who receive crime-related reimbursements including, but not limited to, civil lawsuits, workers’ compensation, or vehicle insurance, must contact the CalVCB Revenue Recovery Section within 30 days of filing an action.

For More Information

Responsibility for Repayment Brochure - Responsibility for Repayment of Victim Funds

For more information about which documents to include for notification, questions about repayment , a lien or a demand letter call the CalVCB Revenue Recovery Section at (916) 491-3766, e-mail us at liens@victims.ca.gov, or view and print the "Responsibility for Repayment of Victim Funds" brochure.