Crime Victims

Crime Victims' Compensation
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The Crime Victims' Compensation program is available to assist victims of violent crime with expenses associated with the crime.  In order to receive financial assistance from the fund, victims must complete an application for benefits.  The fund is able to pay for a variety of expenses including:

  • medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care
  • psychiatric care or counseling
  • loss of earnings or support
  • loss of wages due to participation in, or attendance at, the investigation, prosecutorial and judicial processes, and travel
  • care of a child or a dependent
  • funeral and burial expenses
  • crime scene clean-up
  • replacement costs for clothing, bedding, or property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as a result of the investigation
  • reasonable 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
  • one time relocation expenses for domestic violence victims or for those sexual assault victims attacked in their own residence

In the case of catastrophic injuries resulting in a total and permanent disability, the victim may be eligible for $75,000 in benefits for:

  • 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

Reimbursement for property damage or theft is not an eligible expense

What victims may qualify?

  • an innocent victim of crime who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death
  • an authorized individual acting on behalf of a victim
  • a person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim
  • a dependent of a victim
  • an immediate family member or household members related by blood or marriage who require psychiatric care or counseling as a result of the crime
  • an intervener who goes to the aid of the victim or a peace officer
  • a peace officer, firefighter, or individual whose employment includes the duty of protecting the public

The Victim Services Program will assist you in applying for and obtaining benefits from Crime Victims' Compensation.

Applications for Victims Assistance

Attorney General of Texas Crime Victims' Compensation