Restitution Information

  • Victims should be advised that once an award is made, VVF is REQUIRED to recollect the award from a convicted offender. This can create a safety concern in some claims, so proper safety planning is essential.
  • If restitution is ordered for an expense that VVF does not cover, such as stolen property, the victim will receive that restitution. However, if restitution is ordered for expenses that VVF has covered, the offender’s payments are directed to VVF.
  • It is very helpful if the restitution order is written directing repayment to VVF. If some of the restitution is designated for items VVF cannot cover, language can be added to the order which clarifies that issue. For example, restitution can be directed to “CICF for expenses paid on behalf of the victim, to the victim for damage to…”
  • Please inform VVF if a civil case is pending. Providing the name and contact information of the civil attorney can help prevent unnecessary delays in the claims process.