POLICE Department

Overview of Crime Victims’ Compensation Program

Crime victims and their families may need information, resources, or financial assistance. We’re here to help.


The Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program helps crime victims and their immediate families with the financial costs of crime. CVC covers crime-related costs such as counseling, medical treatment, funerals, and loss of income not paid by other sources.

Program Goals

CVC was created in 1979 by the Texas Legislature. Managed by the Office of the Attorney General, CVC has two primary goals:

  1. Encourage greater victim participation in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals, and 

  2. Reimburse innocent victims for certain costs related to the crime. 

Two Types of Compensation

There are two types of compensation: (1) Crime Victims’ Compensation and (2) Emergency Medical Care Compensation - Sexual Assault Exam. You can apply for either compensation with the same application. Learn more on our CVC Eligibility requirements page.

How the CVC Program Works

  1. Victims of violent crime, their families, or others who have taken on crime-related costs on behalf of a victim, apply for compensation.
  2. CVC staff review the application and other information to ensure it meets eligibility criteria. 
  3. CVC verifies a crime occurred and the crime was reported to law enforcement. 
  4. CVC asks applicants to provide information about crime-related costs. 
  5. CVC staff review information to see what crime-related costs can be paid according to program rules.