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Basic Qualification Requirements | Who May Qualify | Who is Not Eligible | What Crimes are Covered | What Expenses are Eligible | What Expenses are Not Eligible | Limits on Awards | Recoveries From Other Sources | Applications and Claim Forms | How the Application is Reviewed | Right to Appeal | For More Info | Links to Other State Compensation Programs | Links to Victim Services Agencies |
Victims of violence and their families must deal with emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Fund helps innocent victims and their families pay for the financial cost of crime when they have no other means of paying. The fund is administered by the Crime Victims Reparations Board under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
The funds to operate the program come from fines and files paid by people who break the law.
The crime must occur in Louisiana or the crime must involve a Louisiana resident who becomes a victim in another state that does not have a crime victim compensation program for which the victim would be eligible.
The crime must be reported to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours after the incident unless there is a good reason why the crime was not reported within this time period.
The application must be filed within a year of the crime unless there is a good reason why the application was not submitted within this time period.
The victim and/or claimant must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in the investigation and prosecution of the case.Back to top
An innocent victim of a violent crime who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death or catastrophic property loss.
A person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim.
Immediate family members needing counseling as a result of the consequence of death of the victimBack to top
A victim whose own behavior contributed to the crime (in those cases, benefits may be reduced or denied).
A victim or claimant who was engaged in illegal activity at the time of crime.
An offender or an accomplice of the offender.
A victim who has/had a felony conviction(s) within five years of the date of the crime,, or was serving a sentence or probation in the five years preceding/subsequent to the crime (except for victims of a sexual related offense.)
A victim was serving a sentence or on probation .
Anyone who was incarcerated in a penal institution when the crime occurred. ..
Victims of motor vehicle accidents except those listed below ("What Crimes are Covered").Back to top
Crimes that involve the use of force or the threat of the use of force and result in personal injury, death or catastrophic property loss, and those victims of human trafficking.
Only these motor vehicle related crimes: DWI, Hit and Run, victim of a driver who is fleeing apprehension by law enforcement, or a victim whose injuries were intentionally inflicted with a vehicle.Back to top
Reimbursement for property damage or loss is not an eligible expenses. Approved claims may be awarded compensation for the following only if they are related to the crime:
Reasonable medical and prescription expenses
Mental health counseling
Loss of earnings or support
Child care or dependent
Crime Scene cleanup (eff. 8/15/2010)
Reasonable replacement costs for item or items taken as evidence or made unusable as a result of the criminal investigation.
Forensic Medical ExamsBack to top
Expenses which may not be reimbursed for any reason include:
Property losses except for a catastrophic property loss which is limited to the loss of your current residence provided it is owned and occupied by the victim/claimant.
Pain and Suffering
Attorney fees except when they are part of an order from a hearing or award by a court of law.Back to top
Total recovery may not exceed $ 10,000 unless the victim suffered total and permanent disability. Victims who suffer total permanent disability as a result of their victimization may qualify for up to $25,000.Back to top
The Crime Victims Reparations Fund is regarded as the "payer of last resort." It is a secondary source that pays for certain out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime that the victim has no other way to pay. Other sources that have to pay first include:
The staff of the Crime Victims Reparations Program will work with victims and claimants to make sure all available resources, including the fund, work in best interest of victims.
Victims/claimants of a sexual related offense may or may not file with their insurance.
If, as a part of a criminal sentence, the court orders an offender to make restitution to the victim for an expense which the Crime Victims Compensation has already paid, the victim may be required to reimburse the fund. If the victim or claimant recovers money as a settlement in a civil suit against the offender or a third party, the victim or claimant may have to reimburse the fund for expenses already paid by the fund.Back to top
Click HERE for Downloads. Applications are also available from all Louisiana sheriffs' offices. The victim reparations coordinators provide assistance to victims who ask for help in filling out application forms. Victims may also get an application directly from the Crime Victim's Reparations Office by calling 1-888-6-VICTIM (nationwide).Back to top
After receiving an application and related documentation including a complete offense report, the sheriff s office in the parish where the crime occurred reviews the information to see if the crime, the victim and/or claimant are eligible for the program. This process involves verifying all the information presented in the application. Witnesses to the crime, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors involved in investigating and prosecuting the crime, physicians, counselors, hospitals, and employers may be contacted for additional information. A decision about whether the victim or claimant is eligible is usually made within 30 to 45 days. The sheriff s office works with the victim or claimant to review expenses incurred as a result of the crime and determine which ones are eligible for reimbursement or payment.Back to top
If the Crime Victims Reparations Board makes a decision with which the victim or claimant disagrees, the victim or the claimant has a right under the law to ask that the decision be reconsidered. The victim or claimant must notify the Crime Victims Reparations Board of the reason for their dissatisfaction and provide additional information in this reconsideration process. If the outcome of the reconsideration process is not satisfactory, an appeal may be made to district court.