ACT 250 Of
R.S. 46: 1801-1822
July 1982 the State of
established a program to provide for the payment of
compensation for victims of certain crimes. The law
known as the Crime Victims Reparations Act created the
Crime Victims Reparations Fund. The board administers
the provisions of the Act and awards payments from the
Fund. Income for the Fund is composed primarily of
monies paid as costs levied on Criminal Court cases.
Other components of the Fund include a federal grant,
court-ordered restitution from criminals, donations and
Eligibility to apply for awards
apply if you believe you are a crime victim, you are the
victim’s legal representative (his attorney or the
person legally responsible for the expenses) or you are
the victim’s dependant. Your claim may be filed
regardless of whether the offender is known, has been
arrested, and/or has been found guilty. The crime must
have involved the use of force or threat of use of force
and result in personal injury, death or catastrophic
property loss, and result in expenses covered by the
statute and not reimbursable by any other source.
Crimes (motor vehicle, boat or aircraft) are not
included unless, 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, or the victim whose injuries were
intentionally inflicted with a vehicle.
crime must have been committed in Louisiana after
July 16, 1982, or happened to a
resident in a place with no compensation program.
have reported the crime to law enforcement officials
within 72 hours unless there were valid reasons for
file the application within one year from date of the
crime unless there was good cause for filing late.
provide the required information on the application.
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 or
other resources, you must use those first.
cooperate with the reasonable request of law enforcement
You may not receive an award if:
You do not
comply with the application requirements above.
the offender, an accessory, or an award would unjustly
benefit the offender or accessory.
confined in any type of correctional facility.
Your award could be reduced if:
finds the implication of your behavior at the time of
the crime or your past criminal activity caused or
contributed to the incident.
operating a vehicle at the time of the crime without the
not wearing a seat belt as required.
You were a
willing passenger in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated
had a criminal history, which included a felony
nursing, physical therapy, psychiatric care or
counseling. Actual loss of past earnings because of a
disability resulting from the personal injury. Care of
children to enable victim or the spouse, but not both,
to engage in gainful employment.
consequence of death:
Care if a child or
children enabling the surviving spouse or legal
custodian of deceased victim’s children to engage in
lawful employment, where that expense is not otherwise
compensated for personal injury loss. Counseling or
therapy for any surviving family member of the victim or
any person in close relationship to such victim.
Funeral, burial or cremation expenses. Loss of support
to one or more dependents not otherwise compensated for
personal injury loss.
catastrophic loss of your home by arson.
the victim associated with the collection and securing
of crime scene evidence.
which may not be reimbursed for any reason, include
property losses except for a catastrophic loss which is
limited to the loss of your current residence provided
it is owned and occupied by you, pain and suffering,
and/or attorney fees except when they are part of an
order from a hearing or awarded by a court of law.
information presented on an application will be
investigated and verified. Only actual out-of-pocket
expenses can be reimbursed.
is NOT responsible for your bills and does not guarantee
any payment on any application. Compensation is
determined by the Board within statutory and policy
guidelines. The Board does not guarantee payment of the
maximum amount allowed by law. The Board will notify
you of any action taken regarding an application. If
you receive an award and also file a civil suit, you
must notify the Board and the Attorney General when you
file. In the event you receive an award and then
receive an award and then receive payment from any
collateral source or recover damages in a civil suit,
you are required to repay the Fund.
may make an Emergency Award to a victim not to exceed
$500 pending its final decision on an application. This
is done when it appears an award will likely will be made and
undue hardship will result if no immediate relief is
How to Apply
Applications can be obtained from:
Parish Sheriff’s Office
Victims Reparations Board
Rouge, LA 70806
6-VICTIM (in state only)
applications are to be returned to the Lafourche Parish
Sheriff’s Office. For Assistance Call (985) 449-4476.