Who’s a crime victim and what are their rights and benefits?
The foundation of rights of crime victims in the Texas Constitution, Article One reads -“A crime victim has the right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.”
The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 56 defines victim as “a person who is the victim of the offense of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, trafficking of persons, or injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual or who has suffered personal injury or death as a result of the criminal conduct of another.
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Texas Crime Victim Compensation Program Benefits
- Medical and dental payment benefits for injuries
- Loss of wages and loss of support
- Benefits for permanent disability
- Funeral costs
- Relocation of victim and/or family due to domestic violence and/or sexual assault
- Other benefits
How do I qualify for crime victim benefits under Texas Crime Victims Compensation Program?
- You must file a report with the proper law enforcement agency *
- Fill out a Texas Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) application. Law enforcement agency Crime Victim Services (CVS) staff will help you.
- The Crime Victim Services staff will process the application through a law enforcement agency to submit to the Texas OAG (Office of the Attorney General)
- You will receive written notification from the Texas OAG if your application is approved or denied. It could take up to four weeks.
*Note: Filing a criminal report and cooperating with law enforcement ARE NOT requirements of all agencies and services listed.
- Save all your receipts (medical bills, deductibles, funeral expenses, crime scene clean up or anything related to the claim)
- Always include your Texas CVC application number on all correspondence to the Texas OAG.
Emergency (Call 9-1-1)
Non-Emergency Resource Information (Call Texas 2-1-1)
The criminal system can seem frightening and intimidating. We are here to provide you information, assistance, and support. Know your rights. Contact us with your questions and concerns. To speak with a trained and caring victim advocates, call 911 for emergencies or 211 for non-emergency information on services and referral. You may also contact any of our Partner Organizations or send an e-mail to: email@example.com