What is the difference between restitution and reparations?

Restitution: Financial responsibility of the defendant
Only available if the offender is convicted of a crime responsible for the financial loss and the judge orders it to be paid and can only be ordered for expenses directly related to a crime, including property losses.

Reparations: Financial assistance from the government
Available for victims of violent crimes regardless of whether the case is charged, or the offender is found guilty and is only available for victims of crimes reported to law enforcement.  Does not cover property losses.

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1. Who do I contact if I have been a victim of a crime?
2. Where is the Victim/Witness Office located?
3. What is Restitution?
4. How can I request restitution?
5. What is Reparations?
6. What is the difference between restitution and reparations?
7. What is a Victim Impact Statement?
8. I’m afraid the offender will want to retaliate against me or my family members.
9. How do I know if the offender is still in custody?
10. How do I prepare for testifying?