Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Explained

Compensation for Victims of Crime Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Explained

A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation

If you’re a victim of a violent crime experiencing financial hardship, on top of the physical and emotional harm, learning about victims’ funds for violent crimes is necessary.

States in the U.S. are obligated to form crime victims’ compensation boards that manage and administer reimbursement to crime victims, and Texas is no exception.

In this article, you can find all the necessary information about the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Program.

Learn About the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program in Texas

The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Program (CVC) was established to help victims and their family members deal with the financial loss due to unexpected crime-related expenses.

The Program covers the costs resulting from the crime—such as hospital bills, medical treatments, funeral expenses, and lost wages—which other sources have not already paid.

The Texas Legislature created CVC in 1979 with two main goals:

  1. To reimburse innocent victims and family members of deceased victims for crime-related financial loss
  2. To encourage victim inclusion in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals

CVC offers two types of reimbursement for victims of violent crimes in Texas:

Who Qualifies for Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation?

You can qualify for victims’ compensation as a victim or claimant. The following table shows the detailed criteria for both:

Qualify as a VictimQualify as a Claimant
  • A person that died or was injured in the crime
  • An individual that died or was injured while trying to help another victim of the crime
  • First responders who died or got injured while responding to a crime
  • The legal representative of a minor, incapable adult, or deceased victim
  • A dependent of a deceased victim
  • A family or household member of the deceased victim who needs crime-related mental health counseling
  • The person assuming the legal responsibility or paying crime-related bills

CVC considers the following crimes compensable:

  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Robbery
  • Homicide
  • Hit and run
  • Kidnapping
  • Child abuse
  • Elder abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Family violence
  • Human trafficking
  • Child sexual assault
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)

Here are the requirements every application has to meet for a claimant to get victims’ compensation in the Lone Star State:

  1. The crime occurred in Texas to a U.S. citizen or a Texan in a state without a victim compensation program
  2. The victim reported the crime to the appropriate law enforcement office
  3. The victim or claimant cooperated with prosecutors and law enforcement on the investigation
  4. The claimant submitted the application within three years from when the crime happened unless good cause is shown

The Program will not approve victims’ compensation to claimants who:

  • Participated in the crime
  • Committed an illegal act during the crime, with the exception of human trafficking victims
  • Were an accomplice in the crime
  • Provided false information to the CVC
  • Were imprisoned at the time of the crime

If you meet the Program’s requirements, access DoNotPay from a web browser and file a claim without any hassle.

What Costs Does the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Program Cover?

The Office of the Attorney General manages the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program. The office is in charge of making reimbursements to qualified victims and claimants for eligible compensable crimes. 

In the following table, you can find out what expenses the Program does and doesn’t cover:

CoveredNot Covered
  • Medical care
  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of support
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Travel and relocation expenses
  • Child and dependent care
  • Crime scene clean-up
  • Replacement of seized property
  • Attorney fees
  • Property loss, theft, or damage
  • Identity theft expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional discomfort
  • Other costs not related to the crime

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Being a victim of a violent crime is difficult as it is without experiencing financial difficulties because of it. Having to go through a complicated process to get financial reimbursement makes no sense.

DoNotPay makes sure the victims and their loved ones can apply for victims’ compensation fast and hassle-free. If you are a survivor of a violent crime, our Compensation for Crime Victims product will help you apply for victims' compensation in no time!

Sign up for DoNotPay to start the application process, and see what you should do next:

  1. Select the Compensation for Crime Victims product
  2. Choose whether you are a victim or claimant
  3. Answer some questions about the crime and expenses 
  4. Verify your signature to confirm

Our AI bots will automatically send your application to the Crime Victims’ Program in Texas.

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My Texas Victims’ Compensation Claim Got Denied—Now What?

If the Crime Victims’ Program denied your application, don’t fret! The three-part appeal process is quite simple. Here is what it looks like:

  1. Reconsideration Review—Submitting the appeal letter within 30 days from getting the decision letter to inform the CVC why you disagree with their decision
  2. Final Ruling Hearing—Requesting a final hearing, making arrangements for it, and presenting your case, witnesses, and supporting documents
  3. Judicial Review—Filing a written note of dissatisfaction within 40 days of your final ruling decision and filing a lawsuit if nothing else proves successful

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