there is help for victims and witnesses of certain crimes. Effective July 1982, the State of
Louisiana under LRS 46:1801-1822
established the “Crime Victims Reparations Act”.
This program provides compensation to the victims of certain crimes. The Crime Victims Reparations Board
(which is appointed by the Governor) oversees funds that have been placed into a
Crime Victims Reparations Fund. The
Board administers the Act’s provisions and awards payments from the fund. The money in the fund comes from
costs levied on criminal court cases and also from federal grants, court-ordered
restitution from criminals, donations and interest.
TO APPLY FOR AWARDS
You may apply if you:
you are a victim of a violent crime
- Are the
victim’s legal representative (his attorney or the person legally responsible
for the expenses).
- Are the
A claim may be filed regardless of whether the offender is know, has been
arrested, and/or has been found guilty.
The crime must:
- Involve the use of
force or threat of use of force, AND
- Result in personal
injury, death or catastrophic property loss, AND
- Result in expenses allowed by the statute that are not
reimbursable from any other source.
Vehicular crimes (motor vehicle, boat
or aircraft) are not included unless you
- The victim of a DWI driver.
- The victim of a hit and run driver.
- The victim of a driver who is fleeing the scene of a crime in
which he knowingly participated.
- The victim whose injuries were intentionally inflicted with a
- The crime must have been committed after July 16, 1982 (the
effective date of the statute) and occurred in
or in a state or country with no compensation program.
- You must have reported the crime to law enforcement officials
within 72 hours unless there was a valid reason for later reporting.
- You must file the application within one year from the date of
the crime unless there was good cause for filing late.
- You must provide the required information on the application.
- Your losses must not be reimbursable from any other source,
such as insurance, sick or annual leave, social security, Medicare, Medicaid,
civil suit or restitution. If you have
access to any of these other sources, you must use them first.
- You must cooperate with the reasonable request of law
You may not receive an award if:
- You do not comply with the application requirements above.
- You are the offender or an accessory, or an award would
- You are confined in any type of correctional facility.
Your award can be denied or reduced if:
- The Board finds implication of your behavior at the time of
the crime or your past criminal activity caused or contributed to the incident.
- The victim had a criminal history which included a felony
conviction in the last five (5) years.
- You are operating a vehicle at the time of the crime without
the required insurance.
- You were not wearing a seat belt as required.
Expenses for which you may be reimbursed
Expenses which are not reimbursed for any reason include:
- Property loss, except for catastrophic property loss that is
limited to the loss of your current residence, provided it is owned and occupied
- Pain and suffering.
- Attorney fees, except when they are part of an order from a
hearing or awarded by a court of law.
LIMITS OF CVR BENEFITS
The statutes place certain limits on
benefits that may be paid out, for example:
- Funeral expenses are paid up to $5,000;
- Medical expenses are paid up to $10,000;
- Catastrophic property loss is paid up to $10,000;
- Mental therapy is paid up to $5,000;
- Lost wages are reimbursed up to $10,000;
- Permanent disability is paid up to $25,000;
- Reimbursable child care is paid up to $1,500.
Other limits may also apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are available from:
Any Louisiana Sheriff’s Office (for Jefferson Parish residents, you can contact
our Community Relations Section at 504-363-2401).
The Crime Victim’s Reparations Board, located at the offices of the Louisiana
Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE),
1885 Wooddale Blvd., Room 708,
70806 or by calling 1-888-6-VICTIM or (225)
Additional information is available by clicking the following links.
to view the LCLE website
Louisiana, there is help for victims and witnesses of
crime. LRS 46:1801 established the
“Crime Victims Reparations Act” and LRS 46:1841 sets out the rights of crime
victims and witnesses.
to view the Crime Victims Reparations Act
to view the Rights of Crime Victims and
Witnesses (LRS 46:1841)
In Jefferson Parish, the Sheriff has
teamed up with Victims and Citizens Against Crime, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity,
that provides support and information on victim's rights, as well as victim
access Victims and Citizens Against Crime web site