AppealsVictims of Crime Compensation Office
If a claim is denied or determined eligible with no compensation or limited pay, the claimant has the right to an appeal before the Victims of Crime Compensation Review Board.
An appeal request may be made by the claimant or their attorney upon receipt of the VCCO’s written determination. In some cases, the claimant may provide new information enabling the VCCO to reverse the denial without the need of an appeal.
Hearings and Meetings are held throughout the year.
An appeal is scheduled and notification of the appeal date is made at least 15 days prior to the appeal.
A hearing is held before the Victims of Crime Compensation Review Board, where the claimant and VCCO present their respective positions.
The VCCO is represented by legal counsel at the appeal. Claimants also have the right to be represented by an attorney-at-law duly licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey or qualified to make such appearance pursuant to the Rules governing the Courts of New Jersey.
The Review Board is made up of five members appointed by the Governor’s Office; all are Special State Officers who serve without compensation.
The Review Board considers all of the relevant evidence along with any applicable statutes or regulations and may affirm the denial, overturn the denial, or return the matter to VCCO to obtain additional information necessary to render a decision.
The Review Board issues a Final Order and Decision on the appeal within three months of the hearing date.
If the VCCO’s decision is overturned by the Review Board, the claim is processed accordingly.
If, after the hearing, you are not in agreement with the Office’s determination, you can appeal the decision directly to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court within forty-five (45) days from the date the Office’s order is received.
For further information regarding the procedure for filing an appeal, please go to Appellate Division https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/appellate or call between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 609-815-2950 and when prompted, press 1.
Claims Processing System
Below you will find forms useful for Victims, Providers. Some of the following resources are of use to both Victims and Providers.
Third Party Disclosure - Agency
Third Party Disclosure Consent Form
Yearly Evaluation of Mental Health
Psychological Assessment Authorization
Mental Health Providers List
Mental Health Counseling Fee Schedule
Help victims recover from the effects of violent crimes by providing financial assistance to victims, their families, and victim service providers to help alleviate the economic and emotional burdens of victimization.