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What is the difference between compensation and restitution?
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims, usually as a condition of probation or leniency in sentencing. Compensation is provided by the Victim Compensation Program in each State. For additional information about compensation, look at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) publication, Crime Victims Fund. For additional information, visit the Legal Resources: Restitution and Crime Victim Services: Victim Compensation sections of our website.

Last Updated: 8/27/2015

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