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VEHICULAR CRIMES (MOTOR VEHICLE, BOAT OR AIRCRAFT) ARE NOT INCLUDED UNLESS YOU ARE:
The State of Louisiana established the Crime Victims Reparations Act for the payment of compensation to the victims of certain crimes. Income for this fund is derived from monies paid on criminal court costs. Funds are supplemented by federal grants, court-ordered restitution from criminals, donations, and interests.
There are application requirements for this program. What is reimbursable and non-reimbursable can be discussed or a brochure will be mailed to you upon your request. The State CVRA board is located in Baton Rouge and can be reached at 1-888-6VICTIM (in state only).
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit submits requests to the state CVRA board for authorization of funds.
Some of the expenses that can be covered include: medical, hospital, dental, mental health counseling, funeral, loss of wages / earnings, catastrophic loss of your home by arson, and expenses associated with the collection of crime scene evidence.
Most victims of crime will need some type of assistance dealing with the aftermath of crime, whether it is going to court, paying medical bills, obtaining information or just moral support. This is the time the Victim Assistance personnel will be valuable. They are available at any time.
LOUISIANA STATE COALITION RIGHTS OF VICTIMS • WITNESSES
A Crime Victim Rights
a) that victims and witnesses receive prompt emergency, social, and medical services;
b) distribution of the Louisiana Victim Notice and Registration Form;
c) notification of properly registered victims or designated family members of actions concerning those accused or convicted of the crime (actions requiring notification are arrest, release on recognizance, posting of bond, release pending charges being filed, release due to rejection of charges by the District Attorney, escape or re-apprehension);
d) informing employers that the need for victims and witnesses to cooperate in the prosecution may necessitate absences from work;
e) expeditiously returning any stolen or other personal property to victims' families when no longer needed as evidence; and
f) expeditiously investigating all reports of missing children and inform family members of such children of the status of the investigation.