Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Gonzales and Lavaca
1604 St. Paul St., Gonzales, Tx 78629  Phone 830-672-1278
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
National Children's Alliance
A 501 (C) (3) Tax exempt organization
To restore the dignity, hope
and security to children of
Gonzales, Lavaca and
surrounding counties by uniting
public officials and our
Crime Victims Compensation
Crime doesn't pay, but in Texas, criminals do. Texas courts collect court costs from convicted offenders for the
Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. If you are a victim of violent crime, you may be eligible for benefits.

Please understand that the statute does not provide for the reimbursement of property damage or losses due to
property crimes.

General Program Information

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.

The Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program is supported through a legislative appropriation from the
Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund. Revenue for the Fund is collected from convicted offenders through
criminal court costs, fees, and fines, while victims of violence are assisted with expenses related to the crime.

The Crime Victims’Compensation Program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General and is dedicated
to ensuring that victims of violent crime are provided financial assistance for crime-related expenses that cannot
be reimbursed by insurance or other sources.

State law requires that reimbursement first be sought from other sources, such as health insurance, Medicaid,
Medicare, auto insurance, or Texas Workers Compensation. CVC program staff assists applicants in coordinating
the use of all available resources.

Who is eligible?

Victims of violence and their families must deal with the emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The
Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund helps victims and their families when they have no other means of
paying for the financial cost of crime.

The Fund is administered by the Crime Victims' Compensation Program of the Office of the Attorney General. The
money in the Fund comes from people who break the law.

If you are a victim of violent crime, you may be eligible for benefits.

Basic Qualification Requirements


  The crime must occur in Texas to a Texas resident or a United States resident, or
  the crime must involve a Texas resident who becomes a victim in another state or country that does not have
crime victims' compensation benefits for which the victim would be eligible.

Reporting the Crime

The crime must be reported to the appropriate 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.

Filing for Compensation (TCCP, Art.56.37.)

You must file the application within three years from the date of the crime. The time may be extended for good
cause, including the age of the victim or the physical or mental incapacity of the victim.

Cooperation (TCCP, Art.56.45.)

A claim may be denied or reduced if the claimant or victim has not cooperated with the appropriate law
enforcement agencies.

Who May Qualify (TCCP, Art.56.32.)

  •    An innocent victim of crime who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death
  •    an authorized individual acting on behalf of a victim
  •    a person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on
    behalf of the victim
  •    a dependent of a victim
  •    an immediate family member or household members related by blood or marriage who require psychiatric
    care or counseling as a result of the crime
  •    an intervenor who goes to the aid of the victim or a peace officer
  •    a peace officer, fire fighter, or individual whose employment includes the duty of protecting the public

What Crimes Are Covered (TCCP, Art.56.32.(4))

Crimes involving "criminally injurious conduct," which is defined as conduct that occurs or is attempted, poses a
substantial threat of personal injury or death and is, or would be, punishable by fine, imprisonment or death. This
includes sex offenses, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assaultive offenses, arson, homicide and other violent
crimes in which the victim suffers physical or emotional harm or death.

The following motor-vehicle-related crimes are also covered: Failure to Stop and Render Aid, DWI, Manslaughter,
Criminally Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.
Who Is Not Eligible

Benefits may be reduced or denied if the behavior of the victim contributed to the crime.

Benefits shall be denied if the victim or claimant:

  •    knowingly or willingly participated in the crime
  •    is the offender or accomplice of the offender
  •    was incarcerated in a penal institution at the time of the crime
  •    knowingly or intentionally submits false or forged information to the attorney general

An award of compensation to the claimant or victim will be denied if it would benefit the offender or an
accomplice of the offender.

For more information, contact Judy Parks at Norma's House