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LOCAL RESOURCE AND REFERRAL NUMBERS WHO MAY BE ELIGIBLE? 1. Anyone who sustains a personal injury as a victim of a violent crime, while going to the aid of another person or peace officer, or District Attorney’s Office 940-349-2600 while attempting to prevent a crime of violence. Denton County Sheriff’s Office 972-349-1600 Friends of the Family Crisis Line 800-572-4031 2. The surviving spouse, child or other dependent of a deceased Adult Protective Services 800-252-5400 victim. Child Protective Services 800-252-5400 3. A dependent or immediate family member of a deceased victim who Child Abuse Hotline 800-252-5400 resides within the same household and who requires psychiatric care Denton County Mental Health Mental Retardation 800-762-0157 or counseling because of the crime. Denton County Probation Department 4. An immediate family member residing in the same household with Lewisville 972-434-4800 a victim who is under 17 years of age and who requires psychiatric FLOWER MOUND POLICE DEPARTMENT Denton 940-349-3300 care or counseling. 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane North Texas Region MADD 866-399-6233 North Texas Legal Aid 800-955-1407 5. Anyone who legally assumes the obligation or voluntarily pays the Flower Mound, Texas 75028 medical or burial expenses of a deceased victim. 972.539.0525 Christian Community Action - Lewisville 972-219-4357 Texas Crime Victim’s Clearinghouse 800-848-4284 WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE? Texas Crime Victim’s Compensation 800-983-9933 Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles 1. Anyone injured in a motor-vehicle accident, unless the driver: (a) intentionally caused the injury, Victim Services 800-848-4284 (b) was driving while intoxicated, CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION 512-406-5911 (c) failed to stop and render aid. 2. The offender and/or accomplices, or when an award would unjustly The Texas Crime Victims Compensation Act provides certain enrich the offender or accomplice. benefits for victims of violent crime. The law applies to any VERIFICATION PROCEDURE 3. A victim whose own misconduct caused or contributed to the crime. resident of the United States, its possessions and territories, (In such cases, benefits may be denied or reduced.) or District of Columbia who is the victim of a violent crime After receiving the proper claim forms, the Attorney General’s 4. A victim who was incarcerated in a penal institution (as defined in in Texas. Office conducts an investigation to verify eligibility. Witnesses, law-enforcement officials, physicians, hospitals, and employees may Subdivision (26) Sec. 1.07, Penal Code, at the time of the offense.) A Texas resident who becomes a victim in another state is be contacted by investigators. If a claim is denied, or the award is covered if that state does not have a compensation program reduced, a dissatisfied claimant may petition the Commission for a WHERE TO FILE A CLAIM for which the victims would be eligible, and the victim would hearing or appeal the decision to a District Court. Applications may be obtained from your local law enforcement agency, or: have been eligible if the crime had occurred in Texas. CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION DIVISION For more information contact: P.O. Box 12198 Crime Victim Services Division - CVC Program Austin, Texas 78711-2198 Office of the Attorney General NOTE: Article 56 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure states: “A P.O. Box 12198 judge, attorney for the state, peace officer, or law enforcement agency Austin, Texas 78711-2198 is not liable for a failure or inability to provide a right enumerated in 800-983-9933 this article.” CV-Rev 6-1-2009 TEXAS CRIME VICTIM RIGHTS and procedures for application for compensation under that Act, the VICTIM’S RESPONSIBILITIES A victim of a violent crime is (1) someone who has suffered bodily injury or death or who is the victim of sexual assault, kidnapping or payment for a medical examination under article 56.06 of this code for To be eligible for consideration for compensation, a victim must aggravated robbery, (2) the close relative (spouse, parent, or adult a victim of sexual assault, and when requested, to referral to available comply with the following requirements: brother, sister or child) of a deceased victim, or (3) the guardian of social service agencies that may offer additional assistance; 1. REPORT CRIME WITHIN 72 HOURS. Victims must report the a victim. As a victim of violent crime, close relative of a deceased 7. The right to be informed, upon request, of parole procedures, to incident to law enforcement officials within 72 hours unless the victim victim, or guardian of a victim, you have the following rights: participate in the parole process, to be notified, if requested, of parole is under 17 years of age or there is a valid reason for reporting later. 1. The right to receive from law enforcement agencies adequate proceedings concerning the defendant in the victim’s case, to provide to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for inclusion in the defendant’s 2. COOPERATE WITH POLICE. Victims must cooperate with law protection from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation enforcement officials in their investigation and prosecution. with prosecution efforts; file information to be considered by the board prior to the parole of any defendant convicted of any crime subject to this Act, and to be 3. FILE CLAIM WITHIN ONE YEAR. A compensation claim 2. The right to have the magistrate take the safety of the victim or notified, if requested, of the defendant’s release; must be filed within one year of the attack, unless the victim is under his family into consideration as an element in fixing the amount of 17 years of age, or a medically documented physical incapacity bail for the accused; 8. The right to be provided with a waiting area, separate or secure from other witnesses, including the offender and relatives of prevented filing on time. 3. The right, if requested, to be informed of relevant court proceedings the offender, before testifying in any proceeding concerning the AVAILABLE BENEFITS and to be informed if those court proceedings have been canceled or offender; if a separate waiting area is not available, other safeguards rescheduled prior to the event; Approved claims can provide for: should be taken to minimize the victim’s contact with the offender 4. The right to be informed, when requested, by a peace officer and the offender’s relatives and witnesses, before and during court 1. Loss of earnings or support. concerning the defendant’s right to bail and the procedures in criminal proceedings; 2. Certain funeral expenses. investigations and by the district attorney’s office concerning the 3. Reasonable medical, drug counseling and rehabilitation expense. 9. The right to prompt return of any property of the victim that is held general procedures in the criminal justice system, including general 4. Child care for gainfully employed victim or spouse (but not both), by a law enforcement agency or the attorney for the state as evidence procedures in guilty plea negotiations and arrangements, restitution, or the surviving spouse of a deceased victim. when the property is no longer required for that purpose; and the appeals and parole process; COMPENSATION LIMITS 10. The right to have the attorney for the state notify the employer of 5. The right to provide pertinent information to a probation the victim, if requested, of the necessity of the victim’s cooperation 1. Total recovery: not to exceed $25,000. department conducting a presentencing investigation concerning and testimony in a proceeding that may necessitate absence of the 2. Loss of wages: up to $200 a week. the impact of the offense on the victim and his family by testimony, victim from work for a good cause; 3. Child care: limited to $50.00 a week per minor child and may not written statement, or any other manner prior to any sentencing of exceed $125 a week for three or more children. the offender; 11. The right to counseling, on request, regarding AIDS and HIV infection and testing for AIDS and HIV related infections, if the A claimant may be required to reimburse the compensation fund In addition, state law provides that a victim, guardian of a victim, offense is a sexual offense or sexual assault; if the victim receives restitution from the offender, or is awarded or close relative of a deceased victim, may complete a Victim money in a civil suit. Impact Statement and have that statement considered by the court 12. The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to in a criminal case prior to the imposition of a sentence and by the the offense, subject to the approval of the judge in the case; OTHER BENEFIT SOURCES Board of Pardons and Paroles in the parole process. Victims may 13. The right to privacy as far as is reasonably practical, the address There are NO PAYMENTS for losses covered by other sources, also appear in court and present a statement to the court after the of the victim may not be part of the court file except as necessary to including, but not limited to: sentence has been pronounced; identify the place of the crime. The phone number of the victim may 1. Health insurance. 6. The right to receive information regarding compensation to not be part of the court file. 2. Sick leave paid by an employer. victims of crime as provided by the Crime Victims Compensation If you or your family have been contacted or threatened by the 3. Disability insurance. Act (Chapter 56 of the code of Criminal Procedures), including defendant or the defendant’s family since the crime occurred, 4. Workers compensation. information related to the costs that may be compensated under that please contact your local law enforcement agency and prosecute 5. Social Security. Act and the amount of compensation, eligibility for compensation, immediately.
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