victim have the right to be compensated for any damages they have suffered because of the crime of which they were a target.
Paying the compensation:
If you are or you were the victim of a crime, you have the right to be compensated by the person who committed the crime.
The claim for compensation is made through a written request that explains the crime, the damages that it caused and their corresponding values through supporting documents such as bills/invoices.
Some examples of damages that may be considered in your request for compensation are:
The decision regarding the claim for compensation is included in the sentence.
In cases of violent crimes and domestic violence, when the offender does not have the money to pay compensation to the victim the compensation may be paid by Portuguese State.
The Commission for the Protection of Victims of Crime (A Comissão de Proteção às Vítimas de Crimes) is the entity in Portugal that receives these claims and decides whether or not to grant them.
The claim for compensation is free of charge for the victim.
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