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Crime Victims Reparations Program

In July of 1982, the State of Louisiana established the Crime Victim Reparations Program, which provides financial compensation to victims of certain crimes. You may be eligible to apply for victim compensation if you:

  • Believe you are a victim of a violent crime.
  • Are the victim's legal representative (his/her attorney or the person 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. However, the crime must:

  • 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 that are allowed by the statute (Act 250 of 1982, LA R.S. 46:1801-1822) and are not reimbursable from any other source.

Eligible victims may apply for financial assistance with medical, funeral, mental health, childcare, crime scene evidence expenses, lost wages, loss of support, and catastrophic property loss (as a result of arson).

If you think you are eligible to apply for victim compensation, you must apply through the Sheriff's Office in the parish where the crime was committed.

For more information on the Crime Victims Reparations Program, you may contact either the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office at (337) 232-9211 or the Crime Victims Reparations Board, at:

(225) 925-4437 or

The Victim Services Program also includes a Violence Against Women Program and an Elderly Crime Victim Assistance Program. These programs allow the Sheriff's Office to focus its attention and efforts on these specific groups of victims, both of which have special needs and concerns.