What are the basic eligibility requirements for Crime Victims' Compensation Program benefits?
The victim must be a resident of Texas, a United States resident who is victimized while in Texas, a Texas resident
victimized in another state or country that does not have a crime victim compensation fund, or certain other individuals.
The crime must be reported to the appropriate state or local public safety/law enforcement agency within a reasonable
period of time.
The victim or claimant must cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
NOTE: If a Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Exam was conducted on or after September 1, 2015, payments for emergency medical care
received at the same time as the exam may be available even when a victim does not report the crime or meet certain other eligibility
requirements. For more information, please visit the Crime Victims' Compensation web page or call (800) 983-9933. See Section 2a of
Who may be eligible for Crime Victims' Compensation Program benefits?
Victims of violent crime who suffer physical or mental harm as a direct result of the crime.
A victim's dependents, family or household members who qualify as claimants under the law.
Someone authorized by the victim to act on his or her behalf.
Who is not eligible for Crime Victims' Compensation Program benefits?
The offender, an accomplice of the offender or any person engaged in illegal activity at the time of the crime.
Anyone injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, except under certain circumstances provided by law.
Benefits may be denied or reduced if the victim's or claimant's own behavior contributed to the crime.
Anyone incarcerated when the crime occurred.
Any victim or claimant who knowingly or intentionally submits, or causes to be submitted, false or forged information to the
Crime Victims' Compensation Program.
What expenses may be covered with Crime Victims' Compensation Program benefits?
Reasonable and necessary medical and funeral expenses.
Travel exceeding 20 miles one way for participation and attendance at funeral services, medical appointments and criminal
Loss of earnings as a result of the disability of the victim.
Loss of earnings for investigative, judicial or medical appointments.
Loss of support to dependents of victim's, as a result of the victim's death or if the victim was supporting them at the time of
Counseling for the victim and eligible claimants.
Eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures or prosthetic devices, if damaged during or needed as a result of the crime.
Crime scene clean-up.
Replacement of property seized as evidence or rendered unusable by the investigation.
New expenses for child or adult dependent care as a result of the crime.
One time rent and relocation expenses for victims of family violence, victims of sexual assault who were assaulted in their
home, victims of stalking or victims of human trafficking.
Reasonable attorney fees for assistance in filing the Crime Victims' Compensation Program application.
What expenses are not covered by Crime Victims' Compensation Program benefits?
Damage, repair or loss to property or vehicle.
Pain, suffering or emotional distress damages.
Any expense which is not the direct result of the crime.
Who is the payor of last resort?
All other available third party resources (for example, Medicare, Medicaid, personal health insurance, workers'
compensation and settlements) must meet their legal obligations to pay crime-related expenses.
The Crime Victims' Compensation Program must be notified before a civil lawsuit is filed in relation to the crime, if
restitution is ordered by the criminal court, or if any party receives the proceeds of a settlement.
CVC is considered the payor of last resort.
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