Victims Assistance

The mission of Victims Assistance is to provide direct assistance to crime victims, through advocacy, support, education and outreach. We are dedicated to assist the victims of crime and their families, to protect their fundamental rights with compassion, dignity and respect. We strive to reduce the trauma and stress caused by the crime and empower them to move forward from a victim to a survivor.

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Next: Please read the Safety Plan for Victims Of Domestic Violence.

541-A South Mason Katy, Texas 77450
Telephone: 281-578-2513   Fax:  281-599-9843

Please visit the Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott’s web site for additional information.

Please visit the Katy Christian Ministries web site for local resources available to victims.

What is Crime Victim’s Compensation?
Crime Victims’ Compensation is a financial assistance program that helps eligible victims with certain expenses related to the crime. Money for this program comes from court costs paid by criminals and is deposited by each Texas county into the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.

The Crime Victims’ Compensation Program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General and is dedicated to ensuring that crime victims receive every possible assistance. The Crime Victims’ Compensation Program is “the payer of last resort” after primary sources of payment – such as health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, auto insurance or Texas Workers’ Compensation – have been exhausted.

To be eligible a person must:
-Be a United States resident with the crime occurring in Texas or, a Texas resident who becomes a victim in a state or country without a compensation program (United States citizenship not required).
-Report the crime to a law enforcement agency within a reasonable time, but not so late as to interfere with or hamper the investigation and prosecution of crime.
-File the application within three years of the date of the crime

Who may qualify?
-An innocent victim of crime who suffers substantial threat or physical and/or emotional harm or death.
-A dependant of a victim.
-An authorized individual acting on behalf of the victim.
-An intervener who goes to the aid of a victim or peace officer.
-A person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim.
-Immediate family or household members related to blood or marriage who require counseling as a result of the crime.
-A peace officer, fire fighter or individual who has a duty to protect the public and is injured in a crime.

Benefits may be reduced or denied if the victim:
-Participated in the crime.
-Engaged in illegal activity.
-Contributed to the crime.
-Was an inmate at the time of the crime.
-Knowingly or intentionally submitted false or forged information to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program.
-Did not cooperate with the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

What type of financial assistance is available?
Claims may be approved for benefits up to a total of $50,000. In the case of catastrophic injuries 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:
-Medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care.
-Psychiatric care or counseling.
-One-time relocation assistance for victims of family violence or a victim of sexual assault who is assaulted in the victim’s place of residence.
-Loss of earnings or support.
-Loss of wages and travel reimbursement due to participation in, or attendance at, the investigation, prosecution and judicial process.
-Care of a child or dependent.
-Funeral and burial expenses.
-Crime scene clean up.
-Replacement costs for clothing, bedding or other property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as the result of the investigation.
-Attorney fees for assistance in filing the Crimes Victims’ Compensation application and in obtaining benefits, if the claim is approved.
-Loss of wages and travel to seek treatment or counseling.

Additional benefits for victims who have suffered a catastrophic injury include:
-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.
-Rehabilitation technology, long term medical expenses and medical equipment.
-Reimbursement for property damage or theft is not an eligible expense.

 

How do I apply? 
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 coordinator or liaison, who can provide assistance in completing the application. (For Precinct 5 Constable’s Office contact Deputy Betty Molina at 281-578-2513.) 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 1-800-983-9933. Professional staff at the division are also available to answer any questions and provide assistance in completing the application.

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