Each law enforcement agency is required, by law, to appoint a Crime Victim Liaison within the department to help ensure that victims, guardians of victims, or close relatives of deceased victims are aware of the rights to which they are afforded. Weatherford Police Department's Crime Victim Liaison will contact these victims, their guardians, or close relatives by mail to provide important phone numbers, applications for Crime Victims' Compensation and other related brochures.
Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC)
The State of Texas currently offers a Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC) program through the Attorney General's Office. The purpose of the CVC program is to provide all available statutory benefits to injured victims of crime and their families who have no other means of paying for expenses incurred due to the crime.
The CVC program adopted Presumptive Eligibility as a new component of the business process in 2002. Presumptive Eligibility allows advocates, who are trained by the Office of the Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Division, to work directly with victims to gather the required documentation and submit a thorough application packet to CVC, thus shortening the review process by a minimum of 2-3 weeks allowing the crime victim to receive compensation they are entitled to in a timely manner.
Applications Approved and Funds Contributed
In 2017, the Attorney General's Office received a total of 53 Crime Victims' Compensation applications and reimbursement requests for 50 Sexual Assault Exam requests from Parker County. Parker County contributed $275,811 to the CVC fund and $52,960 was paid to Parker County victims and their families. Additionally, Parker County law enforcement agencies were reimbursed $33,707 for Sexual Assault Exams.