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Crime Vic­tims

"I commit to everyone in Texas impacted by tragedies like these to fight for every dollar for which you may be reimbursed, within the statutes that guide this compensation program."
~Letter from Attorney General Ken Paxton

Common Questions

I am a victim of violent crime. What programs might I be eligible for?

As a crime victim, you may be eligible for certain payments and reimbursements of crime-related costs. The Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program can help you cover costs related to the crime — including medical, child care, lost wages, relocation, etc.

To cover only the medical costs related to a sexual assault exam completed at a hospital, a victim may apply for Emergency Medical Care Compensation - Sexual Assault Exam.

To keep your residential address confidential, you can participate in the Address Confidentiality Program. (Note: This program is only available to victims of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking.)

A victim of violent crime is requesting my services. What should I know about CVC?

For CVC purposes, organizations or individuals providing billed services to victims or claimants are considered victim service providers. These include a medical, mental health or dental provider, funeral home director, child care provider, landlord, crime scene clean-up provider, or an attorney.

Before CVC can pay or reimburse a victim service provider, proper documentation must be submitted to CVC for review. CVC can coordinate with service providers on this process. Learn more about how CVC works with victim service providers.

Training is also provided to victim advocates, criminal justice professionals, and victim service providers on victim-related programs administered by the OAG. Learn more and register for an upcoming training.

I conduct sexual assault exams. What should I know about the Crime Victim Services Division (CVSD)?

The Crime Victim Services Division also administers the Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS) Program.

The SAPCS Program provides two certifications for individuals who assist victims of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Training Program Certification establishes minimum standards for the certification of sexual assault programs that operate as a sexual assault training program. The OAG Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certification establishes minimum standards for registered nurses seeking certification to conduct sexual assault exams.

The SAPCS Program also publishes the Texas Evidence Collection Protocol for medical and law enforcement personnel who collect evidence for a sexual assault or other sex offense.

I have been a victim of identity theft. Can the Crime Victim Services Division (CVSD) help me?

The CVC program helps victims of violent crime. The Consumer Protection Division provides steps to help protect your identity and what to do if it's stolen

Message from the Attorney General

"I commit to everyone in Texas impacted by tragedies like these to fight for every dollar for which you may be reimbursed, within the statutes that guide this compensation program."

Letter from Ken Paxton

My fellow Texan,

“I want to thank you for taking time to visit our Crime Victims’ Compensation program. Most people who land on this page carry with them the pain of a personal tragedy that has, undoubtedly, forever changed their life and the lives of those they love. To those victims of crime and their families, I offer my deepest sympathy.

I trust that your experience here will be a part of your healing process and will relieve some of the burdens you currently face. I want to thank you for trusting your state with the opportunity to assist you.”

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Victim Services Professionals

Information for victim advocates, criminal justice professionals, and victim service providers.

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Medical Care

As part of the Crime Victims' Compensation Program, medical costs related to a violent crime can be reimbursed.

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Address Confidentiality

Information for the Address Confidentiality Program

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