Crime Victim Assistance
The Bedford Police Department’s Victim Services Program provides services to victims and family members with the goal of lessening the short and long-term trauma experienced as a direct result of victimization. Our program is a collaborative effort with the Euless and Hurst Police Departments and is partially funded by a Victims of Crime Act grant.
Our Crime Victim Coordinators provide criminal justice support, advocacy, information and referral, notification of rights, as well as assistance with filing Crime Victims Compensation claims and finding shelter for all victims of violent crime reported to the Bedford Police Department.
Crime Victim Compensation
Crime Victims Compensation is a financial assistance program that helps eligible crime victims with certain expenses related to the crime. Money for this program comes from court costs paid by criminals and deposited by each Texas County into the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
- An innocent crime victim who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death
- An authorized individual acting on behalf of a victim
- A person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim
- A dependent of a victim
- An immediate family member or household member related by blood or marriage who requires psychiatric care or counseling as a result of the crime
- A person who goes to the aid of the victim or a peace officer
- A peace officer, firefighter, or individual whose employment includes the duty of protecting the public
What Crimes are Covered?
Crimes like sex offenses, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assault, 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.
How do I file for Crime Victims Compensation?
- Report the crime to a 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.
- Claim must be filed within 3 years of the date of the crime.
- Be a U.S. resident with the crime occurring in Texas or a Texas resident who becomes a victim in a state or country without a compensation program. United States citizenship is not required.
Crime Victim Resources
- Recorded Information in Austin: 800-983-9933
- Public Information and Assistance: 800-252-8011
- Crime Victim Services Website
- Write to: Crime Victim Services Division - CVC Program Office of the Attorney General PO Box 12198 Austin, Texas 78711-2198
- National Crime Victim Services and Referral Information
- National Crime Victim Services and Referral Information (Spanish)