Ken Paxton

Crime Victims' Compensation:
How to Apply


The Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program may help crime victims and their immediate families with the financial costs of crime. CVC may cover costs such as mental health care, medical treatment, funerals, and loss of income not paid by other sources. There are two types of compensation: (1) Crime Victims’ Compensation and (2) Emergency Medical Care Compensation (for sexual assault exams). You can apply for either compensation with the same application.

When you are ready, you can apply in several ways:.

  • Apply online
  • Apply by mail
    • Download a paper English application or Spanish application
    • Call CVC at (800) 983-9933 to request an application


  • You must be 18 years of age or older to apply to CVC. If the victim is under the age of 18 or deceased, an individual authorized to act on their behalf such as a parent or legal guardian must apply as a claimant.
  • Staff cannot discuss an application with anyone who is not listed as the victim, a claimant, or an attorney. This includes phone inquiries or any other method of communication. A business, agency, or organization cannot apply as a claimant.



For information or help applying, you may contact your:

  • Local law enforcement Crime Victim Liaison,
  • Prosecutor's Victim Assistance Coordinator, or
  • Victim advocate such as a local family violence center or rape crisis center.

You can get help from Crime Victims' Compensation staff:

Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm CT

(800)983-9933 (toll free)

(512)936-1200 (in Austin)