Homicide Victim's Family Benefits


Benefits may be available to assist you for the loss of your loved one. This section explains the Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) and the benefits that can be provided to family members of homicide victims.

Additional information

Benefits available

Payment of funeral costs up to a maximum of $5,750. Funeral expenses include such costs as burial, cremation, cemetery plot, headstone, and funeral service.

  • CVCP will reimburse these expenses to the family member who paid for the services or the person who is responsible for payment.
  • Payment can be made directly to the service provider if we receive written authorization from the family member.
  • An itemized statement for burial expenses must be received within 12 months of the date upon which the death of the victim is officially recognized as a homicide.

As with other CVCP benefits, payment is secondary to other insurance benefits. However, the first $40,000 of life insurance proceeds are exempt from the provision.

Immediate family members of homicide victims may receive up to 12 counseling sessions within 1 year of claim allowance. Insurance coverage for counseling must be used if available.

The spouse, registered domestic partner, or dependent children of a deceased victim may be eligible to receive limited wage replacement benefits. Payments are based on a percentage of the victim's wages.

Required information

The CVCP must receive an application for benefits within 2 years of the date the crime was reported to police or within 5 years in certain circumstances.

The following information is needed to determine what benefits we can pay:

  • Copy of death certificate.
  • Copies of bills or receipts for funeral and burial expenses incurred.
  • Information regarding any life insurance available.

If the victim was employed on the date of the crime the following additional information is needed:

  • Copy of marriage certificate or documentation of a domestic partnership.
  • Copies of birth certificates for any dependent children (or proof of paternity for any dependent children).
  • Documentation of the victim's wages. CVCP can obtain the documentation needed if the name, address, and phone number of the victim's employer is provided.
  • Documentation of social security benefits eligibility for surviving spouse and children.

Applying for benefits

The Application for Benefits - Crime Victims (F800‑042‑000) is available online from the CVCP, your local Victim and Witness Office, or health-care providers.

If you have any questions or need assistance please call the appropriate number below.

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Interpreters are available.

  • Voice: 1-800-762-3716.
  • TTD: 360-902-5797.
  • Fax: 360-902-5333.


The Washington Violence Against Women Network (WAVAWNet) (www.wavawnet.org).

Homicide Victim's Family Benefits may be available to assist you for the loss of your loved one. This section explains the Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) and what benefits can be provided to family members of homicide victims. Some assistance may be available to help meet expenses incurred as a result of a homicide.

Burial and funeral

Funeral directors are required to give customers a price list of goods and services. For consumer concerns regarding burial and funeral expenses we have included a link to some websites that may be of interest.

Grief and loss

There are a number of books available on grief and loss for adults and children. We have listed only a few and our list is by no means exhaustive. However, the first book listed below specifically addresses the concerns of survivors and victims of traumatic loss such as homicide.

  • What To Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss, Second Edition, by Bill Jenkins. WBJ Press: Richmond, VA 1999.
  • A Journey Through Grief, by Alla Renee Bozarth. Hazelden: Center City, MN 1990.
  • When Good-Bye is Forever: Learning to Live Again After the Loss of a Child, by John Bramblett. Ballentine: New York, 1991.
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner. Avon: New York, 1983.
  • A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis. Bantam: New York, 1983.
  • No Time For Goodbyes, Forth Edition, by Janice Harris Lord. Pathfinder: Ventura, CA 1991.
  • Don't Take My Grief Away From Me: How to Walk Through Grief and Learn to Live Again, by Doug Manning. In-Sight Books: Oklahoma City, OK 1999. Also reprinted by HarperCollins as Don't Take My Grief Away.
  • How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, by Therese A. Rando. Bantam: New York, 1988.

Helping children and teens understand

  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurie K. Brown and Marc Brown. Little, Brown and Co.: Boston, 1996. (Elementary and middle school ages).
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages, Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. Slack: Thorofare, NJ 1982. (Elementary and middle school ages).
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, by Earl A. Grollman. Beacon Press: Boston, 1991.
  • Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss, by Earl Hipp. Hazelden: Center City, MN 1995 (For teens).

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