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

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.

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.

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.

The victim must report the crime to a law enforcement agency within a reasonable period of time, but not so late as to interfere with or hamper the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

The victim must file the application within three years of the date of the crime.

To learn more about the Crime Victims' Compensation program, contact the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas at:

P.O. Box 12198
Austin, Texas 78711-2548
1-800-983-9933 State-wide
1-512-936-1200 Austin
1-512-936-1800 Fax