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Applying for benefits for refugees under the Victim Compensation Act


If you suffer damage to your health in Germany as a result of an intentional, unlawful assault, for example bodily injury, you can apply for benefits with regard to this damage to your health.

Benefits for the

  • medical and medical treatment,
  • welfare benefits
  • Pension and
  • other cash benefits.

These services are based on the degree of consequences of your health damage (degree of damage consequences) and your needs.

Financial losses or non-material damage will not be compensated. This also applies to self-inflicted damage (e.g. if you have started a fight.

You may be denied benefits if you, as the injured person, do not contribute to the clarification, for example if you do not file a complaint.

In the case of foreigners, the scope of benefits depends on the length of their legal residence. Your stay is also considered lawful if your deportation is suspended ("Duldung"). Persons who are staying illegally in Germany, on the other hand, have no claim.

They submit an application to the competent authority for compensation for victims of violent crime. The competent authority will inform you of any documents to be submitted. She will examine your case and let you know if and what help you will receive.

  • You are the victim of an intentional unlawful assault in Germany or a survivor of a person killed as a result
  • You can prove the assault
  • Your health damage is due to this attack
  • the health consequences of this damage persist
  • Written request
  • if available: proof of the violent crime (e.g. copy of police report / criminal complaint), proof of damage to health (doctor's report)


You should submit an application as soon as possible in order to simplify the investigation after the fact.

Please send the application directly to the local competent authority. A list can also be found under the link mentioned.

The Victim Compensation Act only covers injuries resulting from acts of violence in Germany. Damage to your health that you have suffered as a result of experiences in other countries is not included.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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