The Crime Victim Liaison exist to support victims of crime as well as ensuring family members are afforded the rights granted victims, guardians or close relatives of deceased victims by Subdivision (4), (6). and (9) of Article 56.02 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Victim Liaison: Andrew Thomas
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Office Phone: 432-335-4927
The Texas Crime Victims Compensation Program The Crime Victims' Compensation Program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General and is dedicated to ensuring victims receive every possible assistance. The Crime Victims' Compensation Program is a financial assistance program that helps eligible victims of crime 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 Crimes Victims Compensation Fund. It is a "payer of last resort" after primary sources of payment-such as health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, auto insurance or Texas Workers' Compensation-have been exhausted.
What Crimes Are Covered?
Crimes covered by Crime Victims' Compensation are those in which the victim suffers substantial threat of physical or emotional harm or death. These may include sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, assault, homicide and other violent crimes.
Vehicular crimes that are covered include failure to stop and render aid, DWI, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Crime Victims' Compensation may be available to pay the amount of expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred for:
1. Medical, Counseling, prescription and rehabilitative services;
2. Partial loss of earnings due to disability resulting from personal injury, participation int he criminal justice process, or seeking medical treatment;
3. Child care for minor children to enable a victim or spouse of a deceased victim to continue employment;
4. Certain funeral and burial expenses
5. Reasonable costs associated with crime scene cleanup;
6. Reasonable replacement costs for clothing or bedding taken as evidence or made unusable as a result of the criminal investigation of a sexual assault;
7. Travel expenses necessary to participate in the criminal justice process and/or seek medical treatment;
8. One-time payment of certain relocation expenses in domestic violence and sexual assault. This does not include reimbursement for property damage or loss.
Who is Eligible?
In order to qualify for Crime Victims' Compensation:
1. 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.
2. File the application within three (3) years of the date of the crime
3. The victim must cooperate with law enforcement and prosecution efforts.
4. The victim must be an innocent victim of crime who suffers substantial threat of physical and or emotional harm.
For more information about the Crime Victims Compensation program or to obtain an application you may contact our Crime Victim Liaison, Andrew Thomas at 432-335-4927.
Victim Resources and Helpful Numbers
2-1-1 of the Permian Basin 211, Option 1
Medical Center Hospital 432-640-4000
Odessa Regional Medical Center 432-582-8000
The Crisis Center of West Texas 432-333-2527
Louise Wood Angel House (Shelter) 1-866-627-4747
Safe Place (Office in Odessa) 432-580-5970
Safe Place (Shelter in Midland) 432-570-1465
Legal Aid 432-332-1207
TX Dept. of Family and Protective Services 1-800-252-5400
Victim Assistance Officers and Helpful Numbers
Odessa Police Department - Crime Victim Liaison 432-335-4927
District Attorney - Victim Assistance Coordinator 432-498-4103
County Attorney - Victim Assistance Coordinator 432-498-4150
Department of Public Safety -Victim Services 432-498-2168 Crime Victims Rights: Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, Article 56.01 and 56.02