To apply for the Crime Victims Award, you must meet the following requirements:
- The Crime Must:
- Believe you are a victim of a violent crime.
- Are the victim’s legal representative (his/her attorney or the person legally responsible for the expenses).
- Are the victim's dependent.
- A claim may be filed regardless of whether the offender is known, has been arrested, and/or has been found guilty.
- The crime must have been committed after July 16, 1982 and occurred in Louisiana or in a state or country with no compensation program.
- You must have reported the crime to law enforcement officials within 72 hours unless there was a good cause for filing late.
- You must file the application within one year from the date of the crime unless there was a good cause for filing late.
- You must provide the required information on the application.
- Your losses must not be reimbursable from any other source such as insurance, sick or annual leave, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, civil suit, or restitution. If you have access to any of these resources, you must use those first.
- You must cooperate with the reasonable requests of law enforcement officials.
Involve the USE OF FORCE or threat of use of force and result in PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH OR CATASTROPHIC PROPERTY LOSS and result in expenses allowed by the statue and not reimbursable from any other source.
- Vehicular Crimes (motor vehicle, boat or aircraft) are not included unless you are:
The victim of a DWI driver.
The victim of a hit and run driver.
The victim of a driver who is fleeing the scene of a crime in which he knowingly participated.
The victim whose injuries were intentionally inflicted with a vehicle.
- Emergency Awards
The Board may make an Emergency Award to a victim not to exceed $500 pending it's final decision on an application. This is done when it appears that an award will likely be made and undue hardship will result if no immediate relief is provided.