The Czech Republic will provide financial assistance to the victims of crimes that have suffered damage to health and to the survivors of the victims who have died as a result of the crime. Furthermore, persons entitled to financial assistance include victims of sexual crimes against human dignity and abused children.
Financial assistance serves to overcome the deteriorated social situation resulting from the crime; it does not replace the obligation of the offender to compensate for the damage caused to the victim.
Survivors receive the financial assistance as a lump sum; victims who have suffered damage to health may also seek lump sum assistance (its amount depending on the severity of the consequences caused) or may claim reimbursement of the costs of treatment or compensation for lost earnings. Victims of sexual crimes against human dignity or abused children may seek reimbursement of the cost of therapy to alleviate the non-material injury suffered.
Yes, the survivors of victims who died as a result of a crime have the right to financial assistance if the survivor is the deceased’s parent, spouse, registered partner, child or sibling and lived in a common household with the deceased at the time of death, or if the survivor is a person to whom the deceased provided or was obliged to provide maintenance.
In this case, you do not have the right to financial assistance.
You can, if you are a permanent resident of or are legally resident in another EU Member State and have become a victim of a crime committed in the Czech Republic, or if you are legally resident in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days and have become the victim of a crime committed here, if you have applied for international protection in the Czech Republic or have been granted asylum or subsidiary protection, or, where relevant, under the conditions laid down in an international treaty.
If you are a citizen of the Czech Republic, you are entitled to financial assistance from the Czech Republic, regardless of the country in which the crime you were the victim of was committed.
Yes, this is required.
It is not necessary to await the outcome of the investigation; financial assistance can be provided if existing investigation of law enforcement authorities shows that there is no doubt that a crime has been committed and that legal conditions for the entitlement to financial assistance have been fulfilled.
If you do not claim damages against the offender, financial assistance may be reduced or even not awarded.
In this case it is necessary to distinguish whether the offender is unknown or if the person prosecuted for the crime has not been found guilty, even though it is obvious that the crime has occurred (that is, the crime was committed, but it could have been committed by someone else). In this case, you have the right to financial assistance. However, if the offender has been acquitted because the prosecuted act is not a crime at all, you cannot have the right to financial assistance. A claim is primarily assessed on the basis of materials collected by law enforcement authorities; your task is to demonstrate the amount of injury caused and, if applicable, of any damage that may be considered (treatment costs and lost earnings).
The claim must be filed within two years from the time you learned of the damage, but not later than 5 years from the date of the crime. Upon the expiration of one of these time limits, the right to the assistance ceases to exist.
– material (non-psychological) injury:
– psychological (moral) injury:
– material (non-psychological) injury:
– psychological harm:
Financial assistance is paid as a one-off payment.
Your criminal history is not decisive for your right to financial assistance; however, if you do not cooperate with the law enforcement authorities on solving the crime, you cannot be granted financial assistance. You will also not be granted assistance if you participated in the crime as an accomplice.
If you do not provide the necessary cooperation in the financial assistance procedure, the procedure may be terminated or your claim may be rejected.
Only if it is obvious that your social situation has not deteriorated as a result of the crime, you may not be granted financial assistance.
If you have contributed to the injury in any way, financial assistance may be reduced or not granted at all.
Victims who have suffered a minor health injury may claim a lump sum assistance of CZK 10 000.
Victims who have suffered a severe health injury may claim a lump sum assistance of CZK 50 000.
Instead of a lump-sum assistance, victims who have suffered a health injury may request financial assistance of up to CZK 200 000, equivalent to the proven treatment costs and/or lost earnings.
The survivors are entitled to financial assistance paid as a lump sum of CZK 200 000, except for siblings, who are entitled to assistance of CZK 175 000.
As a victim of a crime that has suffered damage to health or as a survivor, you can be granted up to CZK 200 000; in addition, in case of death, total financial assistance granted to all survivors may not exceed CZK 600 000, and if there are more survivors, the assistance granted shall be proportionately reduced so as not to exceed the maximum amount of the financial assistance.
Only in the case of an insurance covering the offender’s obligation to compensate for the damage caused, which, under Czech law, is practically possible in the case of traffic and occupational accidents.
Advance payments for financial assistance are not provided.
Yes, to the maximum allowable amount of financial assistance.
Ministry of Justice.
Ministry of Justice.
The claim should be decided within 3 months.
By bringing administrative action in court.
On the website of the Ministry of Justice, from NGOs focusing on victims of crime, and from the Probation and Mediation Service.
Yes, but at your own expense.
The largest is Bílý kruh bezpečí (White Circle of Safety); the Probation and Mediation Service of the Czech Republic also helps victims.
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