Experts from the Crime Victim Services Division of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office are on site in Sutherland Springs this week helping victims of Sunday’s mass shooting with applications for financial assistance from the state’s Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) program.
Created by the Legislature in 1979, the CVC reimburses victims and claimants for certain crime-related expenses, such as funeral and burial costs, mental health counseling, loss of wages, loss of support, child care, and medical costs. The Texas CVC program, considered the largest of its kind in the U.S., is administered by the attorney general’s office.
“As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of innocent life in Sutherland Springs, my office is committed to providing assistance to those who face enormous obstacles on their road to recovery,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The untold story in the aftermath of this tragedy is the deep financial toll it can take on victims and their families who face crime-related expenses not reimbursed by other sources.”
The Texas CVC 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 taxpayer dollars are involved.
For more information about the Texas CVC program, including eligibility requirements, visit the attorney general’s website at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cvs/crime-victims-compensation
View the list of new Texas CVC program claim limits here: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cvs/crime-victims-compensation-reimbursable-expenses