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Legal Information: Alaska

Victim Compensation

Laws current as of August 9, 2023

What are the requirements to be eligible to apply for compensation?

You may be eligible for compensation based on personal injury or death that resulted from:

  • an attempt on the part of the applicant (victim) to:
    • prevent a crime from happening;
    • capture a suspected criminal
    • help/attempt to help a police officer to capture a suspected criminal; or
    • help a victim of crime; or
  • someone committing or attempting to commit any of the following crimes:
    • murder in any degree;
    • manslaughter;
    • criminally negligent homicide;
    • assault in any degree;
    • kidnapping;
    • sexual assault in any degree;
    • sexual abuse of a minor;
    • robbery in any degree;
    • threats to do bodily harm;
    • driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs or another crime resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle, boat, or airplane when the offender is under the influence of an alcohol/drugs;
    • arson in the first degree;
    • sex trafficking in the first degree or in the third degree (as it relates to causing someone over age 20 to prostitute him/herself);
    • human trafficking in any degree; or
    • unlawful exploitation of a minor.1

In addition, you must:

  • report the crime (that caused the personal injury or death) to the police within (5) days of when it happened or if it could not reasonably have been reported at that time, it must be reported within 5 days of when a report could have reasonably been made;
  • file an application with the program within (2) years from the date of the personal injury or death; and
  • cooperate with law enforcement and prosecution authorities in prosecution of the crime and you must take steps to avoid further injury to you or those in your care who are exposed to the offender.

Lastly, the victim:

  • must not have caused or contributed to his/her injury or death by violating a criminal law; and
  • cannot be injured as the result of the use of a car, boat, or plane unless:
    • the vehicle was used by the offender while intoxicated; or
    • as a weapon to intentionally attempt to injure or kill the victim.2

1 Alaska Statute § 18.67.101
2 Alaska Statute § 18.67.130