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Crime Victims' Compensation: Reimbursable Expenses

Crime Victims' Compensation: reimbursable expenses

Crime doesn't pay, but in Texas, criminals do. Texas courts collect court costs from convicted offenders for the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.

Approved applications may be awarded compensation for the following expenses related to the crime:

  • medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care
  • psychiatric care or counseling
  • loss of wages due to medical treatment or participation in, or attendance at, the investigation, prosecutorial and judicial processes
  • care of a child or a dependent
  • loss of support
  • funeral and burial expenses
  • crime scene clean-up
  • replacement costs for clothing, bedding, or property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as a result of the investigation
  • attorney fees for assistance in filing the Crime Victims' Compensation application and in obtaining benefits
  • loss of wages and travel to seek medical treatment
  • one-time relocation expenses for family violence, human trafficking, and stalking victims or for those sexual assault victims attacked in their own residence

In the case of applications involving extraordinary pecuniary losses resulting in a total and permanent disability, the victim may be eligible for additional benefits for:

  • making a home or car accessible
  • job training and vocational rehabilitation
  • training in the use of special appliances
  • home health care
  • reimbursement of loss of wages

Please note that losses due to property damage, theft or other property crimes are not eligible for reimbursement by the Crime Victims' Compensation Program.

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