In 1979, the Texas Legislature passed the Crime Victims’ Compensation Act, creating the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund and the Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program. The primary purpose of the Fund is encouraging greater victim participation in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals and reimbursing innocent victims for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of violent crime.
You may contact the Crime Victims’ Compensation Division at 1-800-983-9933 or (512) 936-1200 or through their website Attorney General Crime Victims Compensation. If you are a victim of a pending case with the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, please contact our Victims’ Assistance Coordinator at (469) 376-4764.
Contact the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program for more information regarding the program including eligibility requirements, maximum recovery amounts, reporting the offense and filing an application. The link to that program is: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cvs/crime-victims-compensation
The Victim must file a claim for compensation with the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program within 3 years of the date of the crime if the crime occurred after September 1, 1997. If the crime occurred before September 1, 1997, the claim must be filed 1 year from date of the crime. Child victims filing an application have until their 21st birthday to file the claim.