Texas Crime Victims’ Fund

The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation program is available to pay expenses to victims of violent crime.  Financial assistance from the fund is available after the victim completes an application for benefits.  

The fund can pay for a variety of expenses caused by the crime including:

  • Care of a child or a dependent;
  • Crime scene clean-up;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Judicial processes, and travel;
  • Loss of earnings or support;
  • Loss of wages and travel to seek medical treatment;
  • Loss of wages due to participation in, or attendance at, the investigation, prosecutorial  and medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care;
  • One time relocation expenses for domestic violence victims or for those sexual assault victims attacked in their own residence;
  • Psychiatric care or counseling;
  • Replacement costs for clothing, bedding, or property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as a result of the investigation and 
  • Reasonable attorney fees for assistance in filing the Crime Victims’ Compensation  application and in obtaining benefits, if the claim is approved

Crimes that occurred before September 1, 1997 have a $25,000 maximum. The amount of compensation available for crimes that occur after September 1, 1997, is $50,000.  

In the case of catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, $75,000 in benefits may be available for the victim for:

  • Home health care;
  • Job training and vocational rehabilitation;
  • Making a home or car accessible;
  • Reimbursement for property damage or theft is not an eligible expense;
  • Reimbursement of lost wages and
  • Training in the use of special appliances.

Which Victims May Qualify?

  • 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;

The Victim Services Program will assist you in applying for and obtaining benefits from Crime Victims’ Compensation.  

For further information contact the Texas Attorney General Crime Victim Services Division or visit their website at:

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/staff_support/victimservices/pages/crimevictimscompensation.htm

If you or a loved one has suffered any kind of injury as a result of criminal activity you owe it to yourself and your family to contact an attorney who specializes only in representing injured victims.  Contact an attorney at Adrian Crane and Associates by calling or contacting us through the case evaluation form located on this website.

For your convenience, we offer home, hospital, office and nursing home visits.  Our team of professionals at Adrian Crane and Associates will provide you with the experience, strategy and commitment that protect your rights and claims.

At our personal injury firm, you speak directly with an attorney, not just secretaries and paralegals.  A Spanish-speaking attorney and staff members are available for your assistance. Se habla Español.

Attorneys associated with Adrian Crane and Associates handle cases across the state of Texas.  Our principal office in North Texas is in Dallas however we are happy to welcome cases from anywhere in Texas, regardless of where you live or where the accident took place.


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