Crime Victims Liaison's Office
Crime Victim’s Compensation Program is a financial assistance program that helps eligible victims of crime with certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of a violent crime. The program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General. The Texas Legislature passed the Crime Victim’s Compensation Act in 1979 creating the Compensation of Victims of Crime Fund and The Crime Victim’s Compensation Program. The revenue for the fund is collected from convicted offenders through criminal court costs, fees, and fines.
- Be a United States resident (U.S. citizenship is NOT required)
- The crime must have occurred in the State of Texas
- The crime must have been reported to a local law enforcement agency within a reasonable period of time, but not too late as to hamper the investigation or prosecution of the crime
- File the Crime Victim's Compensation application within three (3) years of the date of the crime
Eligible & Covered Crimes
- Violent Crimes such as Assault, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Kidnapping, Homicide and other 'criminally injurious conduct' which can be defined as conduct that occurs or is attempted, poses a substantial threat of personal injury or death.
- Motor Vehicle Crimes such as Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Driving while Intoxicated Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.
Approved claims may receive compensation for the following expenses related to the crime:
- Medical expenses up to $50,000
- Psychiatric care or counseling
- Loss of earnings or support
- Loss of wages and travel reimbursement
- Care of child or dependent
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Crime Scene clean-up
- Replacement costs for property seized as evidence and rendered unusable
- One-time relocation assistance for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who is victimized in the person's place of residence
To Apply for Crime Victim's Compensation
To apply for Crime Victim’s compensation, you can contact the Crime Victim Liaison's Office at (956) 681-2070 or in person at the McAllen Police Department, 1601 N Bicentennial Blvd, McAllen, Texas.
For additional information regarding the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program, you can click on the link below https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cvs/crime-victims-compensation
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