Crime Victims Compensation is a financial assistance program that helps eligible victims of crime with certain expenses related to the crime. Money for this program comes from court costs paid by criminals and deposited by each Texas County into Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.
How can Crime Victims Compensation help?
Upon approval, benefits may be awarded for the following:
- Medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care; psychiatric care or counseling.
- One-time relocation assistance for victims of family violence or a victim of sexual assault who is assaulted at the victim's place of residence.
- Loss of earnings or support.
- Crime scene clean up.
- Replacement costs for clothing, bedding or other property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as a 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 catastrophic injury include:
- Making a home or car accessible
- Job training and vocational rehabilitation
- Training in the use of special appliances
- Home health care
- Reimbursement of lost wages
- Rehabilitation technology, long term medical expenses and durable medical equipment
How do I file for Crime Victims Compensation?
- 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.
- Claim must be filed within 3 years of the date of the crime.
- 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.
The Victim Assistance Program of the Euless Police Department will assist you in applying for Benefits from Crime Victim's Compensation. Applications for compensation may be obtained by contacting your local law enforcement agency. The completed form will be forwarded to the Texas Attorney General's Office for consideration. Witnesses, law enforcement officials, physicians, hospitals and employers may be contacted by the investigator. The Attorney General's Office reviews each application and notifies the claimant of approval or denial.