Crime Victim / Witness Services

Protecting Your Rights

The rights of crime victims and witnesses are finally being recognized. Our office was the first to establish a Victim / Witness unit in the State of Missouri. We are very proud of that fact. Victims and witnesses have rights too. As representatives of the Citizens of Buchanan County, it’s our purpose to protect those rights.

We are providing the following information to help you better understand your Criminal Justice System. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at 816-271-1480 or send us an email.

For more information on your rights as a victim, view a summary of the Constitutional Amendment that guarantees victim's rights (PDF).

Victim’s Compensation Fund

In Missouri, it is possible for persons who are victims of crime to be reimbursed for certain expenses they have had because of the crime. Your cooperation with law enforcement is essential in order to be eligible for filing a claim.


The Missouri Department of Public Safety, Crime Victims’ Compensation, has developed an eligibility checklist to assist you in filing an application for compensation. Benefits may include medical, funeral, and counseling expenses, and lost wages or loss of support. Property loss is not covered by this program.

View Eligibility Requirements (PDF).

How To Apply

You must file a claim within two years of the crime which caused the injury. It is important to cooperate with law enforcement officials.

Claim forms are available at Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office - 816-271-1480, or you may also access the Application for Crime Victims’ Compensation form online (PDF).

The completed form must be signed and Notarized and mailed to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program at the address below, along with copies of any bills you have received. Our office can help you with this process.

Crime Victims' Compensation Program
P.O. Box 3001
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-3001

Phone: 1-800-347-6881
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TDD) 1-800-735-2466 (Voice)