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AG’s Office Launches New Crime Victims’ Compensation Portal

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office launched a new portal within the agency’s official website that enables victims and claimants to apply online for Crime Victims’ Compensation and Emergency Medical Care Compensation for sexual assault exams.

The Crime Victims’ Compensation portal makes it easier for crime victims, claimants and their advocates to submit applications, upload crime-related bills, and follow each step of the claim and bill review process with near real-time updates.

Created by the Legislature in 1979, the Crime Victims’ Compensation program is administered by the attorney general’s office and reimburses victims and claimants for certain crime-related expenses not paid by other sources, such as funeral and burial, mental health care, loss of wages, loss of support, child care, and medical care.

The Crime Victims’ Compensation portal is intended to provide Texans with better, faster access that streamlines the application process while providing current information regarding application status.

“This portal will make the application process easier to navigate and help victims and claimants understand every step of the compensation process,” First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer said. “This is a very effective solution to simplify and expedite getting victims and claimants financial help when they need it.”

The Crime Victims’ Compensation program receives criminal court costs, fees and fines from convicted offenders to reimburse victims and their families for crime-related expenses of up to $50,000. No Texas taxpayer dollars are involved.

For more information about the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation program, including eligibility requirements, visit the attorney general’s website at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cvs/crime-victims-compensation. You can access the online application feature of the new Crime Victims’ Compensation portal at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cvs/crime-victims-compensation-how-to-apply

Information courtesy of Texas Attorney General’s office

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