Dickinson Police Department Crime Victims Liaison Office
Being the victim of a crime can be a very traumatic experience. This is particularly true for victims of violent crimes. Victims are faced with financial difficulties, a confusing court system, and possible emotional problems. The Dickinson Police Department Victim Liaison can assist crime victims through these trying times. Their goal is to alleviate the psychological and emotional trauma incurred as a result of a crime and provide crime victims with written notices about their rights. When appropriate they will refer victims to community resources that can help them deal with the aftermath of the crime .
The Dickinson Police Department Crime Victim Liaison will assist victims needing resolution to problems resulting from crime through telephone contact or an in office visit. They can act as a liaison between the victim and the case detectives, obtaining information concerning the status of their case. If requested they will accompany the victim through the criminal justice system.
The Crime Victim Liaison will explain the victims’ rights, as defined in our Texas Constitution and in Article 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. They will assist them in completing the appropriate paper work to apply benefits from the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. This fund is administered by the Texas Attorney General's Office.
Texas Crime Victim's Compensation
Eligibility, Benefits, and Applications.
Please read the following information carefully before filling out the Crime Victims' Compensation Application. Victims of violence and their families must deal with the emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund helps innocent 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.
Basic Qualification Requirements
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.)
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
An award of compensation to the claimant or victim will be denied if it would benefit the offender or an accomplice of the offender.
What Expenses Are Eligible
Claims may be approved for benefits up to a total of $50,000. These funds may be paid to the victim/claimant or to service providers on behalf of the victim. Approved claims may be awarded compensation for the following expenses related to the crime:
In the case of catastrophic injuries resulting in a total and permanent disability, the victim may be eligible for $75,000 in benefits for:
Reimbursement for property damage or theft is not an eligible expense.
The Crime Victims' Compensation Fund is the "payer of last resort." It is a secondary source that pays for certain out-of-pocket expenses the victim would be responsible for as a result of the crime. Any other available resources would have to pay before any payment by the Crime Victims' Compensation program.
The staff at Crime Victims' Compensation will work with victims and claimants to make sure all available resources, including the Fund, work in best interests of victims.
If, as a part of a criminal sentence, the court orders an offender to make restitution to the victim for an expense which Crime Victims' Compensation has already paid, the victim may be required to reimburse the Fund.
If the victim or claimant recovers money as a settlement in a civil suit against the offender or a third party, the victim or claimant may have to reimburse the Fund for expenses already paid by the Fund.
How to Apply
Every law enforcement agency in Texas is required to provide victims of crime with information about the Crime Victims' Compensation program and an application. Applications are also available from prosecutors' offices. Hospitals and medical centers may also have applications.
You may also get an application directly from the Crime Victims' Compensation Program in the Office of the Attorney General by calling 1-800-983-9933.
Or you may download and fill out the Online Application and mail it in.
CVC Application form:
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After receiving an application and related documentation, including a complete offense report, the Attorney General's Crime Victims' Compensation Program reviews the information to see if the crime, the victim and/or claimant are eligible for the program. This process involves verifying all the information presented in the application. Witnesses to the crime, law enforcement officers and prosecutors involved in investigating and prosecuting the crime, physicians, counselors, hospitals, and employers may be contacted for additional information. A decision about whether the victim or claimant is eligible is usually made within 45 days. A staff member is then assigned to the case and works with the victim or claimant to review expenses incurred as a result of the crime and determine which ones are eligible for reimbursement or payment.
Your Right to Appeal
If the Crime Victims' Compensation Program makes a decision with which the victim or claimant disagrees, the victim or the claimant has a right under the law to ask that the decision be reconsidered. The victim or claimant must notify the Crime Victims' Compensation Program of the reason for their dissatisfaction and provide additional information in this reconsideration process. If the outcome of the reconsideration process is not satisfactory, the victim or claimant may request a final ruling hearing from the Crime Victims' Compensation Program. If the victim or claimant does not agree with the outcome of the final ruling, an appeal may be made to district court.