Created in 1981, the long held mission of the Victim Services Division of the Austin Police Department is to respond to crime victim’s psychological and emotional needs.
This is achieved through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, criminal justice support, assistance with Crime Victims’ Compensation, education, information and referrals for victims of crime and trauma, individuals with mental illness, and witnesses. In addition to these primary responsibilities, the Division provides assistance to criminal justice personnel, the community, and other non-crime situations.
The Crime Victims’ Compensation fund, administered by the Office of the Attorney General, is available to assist victims of violent crimes with expenses that are related to the crime. Types of crimes covered are sexual assault, family violence, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assault, homicide, child abuse, and other crimes where the victim suffers physical or emotional harm or death. Motor vehicle crimes covered include DWI, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault and intoxication manslaughter. Crime Victims’ Compensation may be able to assist with reimbursement of expenses. For coverage information and an application see Texas Victim's Assistance.
Victims of crime have certain guaranteed rights. Read Victim Rights.