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Benefits may be reduced or denied if the victim:
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Crimes covered by Crime Victims' Compensation are those in which the victim suffers substantial threat of physical or emotional harm or death. These may include sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, assault, homicide and other violent crimes.
Vehicular crimes that are covered include failure to stop and render aid. DWI, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault, intoxication, and intoxication assault.
Claims may be approved for benefits up to a total of $50,000. In the case of extraordinary pecuniary losses resulting in a total and permanent disability, victims may be eligible for an additional $75,000 in benefits.
Upon approval, benefits may be awarded for the following:
Additional benefits for victims who have suffered an extraordinary pecuniary loss include:
Reimbursement for property damage or theft is not an eligible expense. Please note that financial assistance may be limited or unavailable depending on laws in effect when the crime occurred.
Every law enforcement agency and prosecutor's office in Texas is mandated to provide victims of crime with information about the Crime Victims' Compensation Program application for benefits. When contacting these agencies, please ask for the victim assistance liaison or coordinator, who can provide assistance in completing the application. Hospitals and medical centers may also have applications and materials.
Applications for benefits can be obtained directly from the Crime Victims' Compensation Program in the Office of the Attorney General by calling 800-983-9933. Professional staff at the division are also available to answer any questions and provide assistance in completing the application. An application can be completed online or downloaded from www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
Click here to download the Crime Victims’ Compensation Application, fill it out (remember to sign) and either mail it directly to the Attorney General’s Office in Austin at:
Office of the Attorney General
Crime Victims’ Compensation Program (011)
P.O. Box 12198
Austin, Texas 78711-2198
You can also fax (817-491-6053) or mail it to the Roanoke Police Department’s Victim Liaison at:
Roanoke Police Department
Attn: Crime Victim Assistance
609 Dallas Drive
Roanoke, TX 76262
Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Application - English
Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Application - Español
If the Crime Victims' Compensation Program makes a decision with which the victim or claimant disagrees, he or she has a right under the law to ask that the decision be reconsidered. In order to appeal a decision, the victim or claimant must notify Crime Victims' Compensation in writing within 30 days, stating the reason for dissatisfaction. If the outcome of the reconsideration process is not satisfactory, the victim or claimant has 30 days to request a final ruling hearing from the Crime Victims' Compensation Program. Should the victim or claimant not agree with the outcome of the hearing he or she has 40 days from the date of the final hearing to file the attorney general a written notice of dissatisfaction and 40 days thereafter to file a lawsuit in district court.