1. What is Crime Victims' Compensation?

The Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund assists victims of crime. Money in the fund comes from court costs paid by criminals. The program is a division of the Attorney General's Office. The program reimburses innocent victims of violent crime for some out-of-pocket expenses they suffer as a result of the crime.

2. To be eligible a person must:

a. Be a United States resident with the crime occurring in Texas or a Texas resident who becomes a victim in a state or country without a compensation program-United States citizenship is not required.

b. Report the crime to a law enforcement agency within a reasonable period of time, but not so late as to interfere with or hamper the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

c. File the application within three years of the date of the crime

3. Who may qualify?

a. An innocent victim of crime who suffers a substantial threat of physical and/or emotional harm or death.

b. A dependent of a victim

c. An authorized individual acting on behalf of a victim

d. An intervenor who goes to the aid of the victim or peace officer

c. A person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim

e. Immediate family or household members related by blood or marriage who require counseling as a result of the crime

f. A peace officer, fire fighter or individual who has a duty to protect the public and who is injured in a crime

4. Who is not eligible?

Benefits may be reduced or denied if the victim:

a. Participated in the crime

b. Engaged in illegal activity

c. Contributed to the crime

d. Was an inmate at the time of the crime

e. Knowingly or intentionally submitted false or forged information to the Crime Victims' Compensation Division

f. Did not cooperate with the appropriate law enforcement agencies

5. How do I apply?

The victim assistance coordinator with the District Attorney's Office can provide you with an application or you may obtain one from the Office of the Attorney General by calling (800) 983-9933.

6. What crimes are covered?

Crimes in which the victim suffers a substantial threat of physical or emotional harm or death. These may include sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, assault, domestic violence, homicide and other violent crimes.

Vehicular related crimes that are covered include failure to stop and render aid, DWI, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

7. What type of financial assistance is available?

Claims may be approved for benefits up to a total of $50,000. In the case of catastrophic injuries resulting in a total and permanent disability, victims may be eligible for an additional $50,000 in benefits.

Upon approval, the following benefits may be awarded:

-medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care

-psychiatric care or counseling

-one time relocation assistance for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

-loss of earnings support

-loss of wages and travel reimbursement due to participation in, or attendance at, the investigation, prosecutorial and judicial processes

-care of a child or a dependant child

-funeral and burial expenses

-crime scene clean-up

-replacement costs for clothing, bedding or other property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as the result of the investigation

-attorney fees for assistance in filing the Crime Victims' Compensation application and in obtaining benefits, if the claim is approved

-loss of wages and travel to seek medical treatment or counseling

Additional benefits for victims who have suffered a catastrophic injury include:

-making a home or car accessible

-job training and vocational rehabilitation

-training in the use of special appliances

-reimbursement of lost wages

Reimbursement for property damage or theft is not an eligible expense.

Crime Victim's Compensation Fund

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