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LAVNS

Louisiana Victim Notice and Registration Form

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Bobby Jindal
Governor
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux
Chairman
Joey Watson
Executive Director
Robert Mehrtens
Deputy Director
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Crime Victim Reparations

Your CVR Parish Representative

Forms, Applications and Annual Reports

Board Dates, Agendas and Minutes

Basic Qualification Requirements | Who May Qualify | Who is Not Eligible | What Crimes are Covered | What Expenses are Eligible | What Expenses are Not Eligible | Limits on Awards | Recoveries From Other Sources | Applications and Claim Forms | How the Application is Reviewed | Right to Appeal | For More Info  |  Links to Other State Compensation Programs | Links to Victim Services Agencies

Victims of violence and their families must deal with emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Fund helps innocent victims and their families pay for the financial cost of crime when they have no other means of paying. The fund is administered by the Crime Victims Reparations Board under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement

The funds to operate the program come from fines and files paid by people who break the law.

Basic Qualification Requirements

Residency

The crime must occur in Louisiana or the crime must involve a Louisiana resident who becomes a victim in another state that does not have a crime victim compensation program for which the victim would be eligible.

Reporting the Crime

The crime must be reported to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours after the incident unless there is a good reason why the crime was not reported within this time period.  

Filing for Compensation

The application must be filed within a year of the crime unless there is a good reason why the application was not submitted within this time period.  

Cooperation

The victim and/or claimant must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

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Who May Qualify

An innocent victim of a violent crime who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death or catastrophic property loss.

A person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim.

Immediate family members needing counseling as a result of the consequence of death of the victim

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Who is Not Eligible

A victim whose own behavior contributed to the crime (in those cases, benefits may be reduced or denied).

A victim or claimant who was engaged in illegal activity at the time of crime.

An offender or an accomplice of the offender.

A victim who has/had a felony conviction(s) within five years of the date of the crime,, or was serving a sentence or probation in the five years preceding/subsequent to the crime.

 A victim was serving a sentence or on probation .  

Anyone who was incarcerated in a penal institution when the crime occurred. ..

Victims of motor vehicle accidents except those listed below ("What Crimes are Covered").

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What Crimes Are Covered

Crimes that involve the use of force or the threat of the use of force and result in personal injury, death or catastrophic property loss.

Only these motor vehicle related crimes: DWI, Hit and Run, victim of a driver who is fleeing apprehension by law enforcement, or a victim whose injuries were intentionally inflicted with a vehicle.

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What Expenses are Eligible

Reimbursement for property damage or loss is not an eligible expenses. Approved claims may be awarded compensation for the following only if they are related to the crime:

Reasonable medical and prescription expenses

Dental expenses

Mental health counseling

Funeral expenses

Loss of earnings or support

Child care or dependent 

Crime Scene cleanup (eff. 8/15/2010) 

Reasonable replacement costs for item or items taken as evidence or made unusable as a result of the criminal investigation.

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What Expenses are Not Eligible

Expenses which may not be reimbursed for any reason include:

Property losses except  for a catastrophic property loss which is limited to the loss of your current residence provided it is owned and occupied by the victim/claimant.

Pain and Suffering

Property Repair  

Attorney fees except when they are part of an order from a hearing or award by a court of law.

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Limits on Awards

Total recovery may not exceed $ 10,000 unless the victim suffered total and permanent disability. Victims who suffer total permanent disability as a result of their victimization may qualify for up to $25,000.

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Recoveries from Other Sources

The Crime Victims Reparations Fund is regarded as the "payer of last resort." It is a secondary source that pays for certain out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime that the victim has no other way to pay. Other sources that have to pay first include:

  • HMO/health insurance
  • Disability insurance/life insurance
  • Vacation time, sick leave or other types of leave paid by an employer
  • Worker's compensation benefits
  • Social security
  • Medicare or Medicaid

The staff of the Crime Victims Reparations Program will work with victims and claimants to make sure all available resources, including the fund, work in best interest of victims.

If, as a part of a criminal sentence, the court orders an offender to make restitution to the victim for an expense which the Crime Victims Compensation has already paid, the victim may be required to reimburse the fund. If the victim or claimant recovers money as a settlement in a civil suit against the offender or a third party, the victim or claimant may have to reimburse the fund for expenses already paid by the fund.

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Application and Claim Forms

Click HERE for Downloads. Applications are also available from all Louisiana sheriffs' offices. The victim reparations coordinators provide assistance to victims who ask for help in filling out application forms. Victims may also get an application directly from the Crime Victim's Reparations Office by calling 1-888-6-VICTIM (nationwide).

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How the Application is Reviewed

After receiving an application and related documentation including a complete offense report, the sheriff s office in the parish where the crime occurred reviews the information to see if the crime, the victim and/or claimant are eligible for the program. This process involves verifying all the information presented in the application. Witnesses to the crime, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors involved in investigating and prosecuting the crime, physicians, counselors, hospitals, and employers may be contacted for additional information. A decision about whether the victim or claimant is eligible is usually made within 30 to 45 days. The sheriff s office works with the victim or claimant to review expenses incurred as a result of the crime and determine which ones are eligible for reimbursement or payment.

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The Right to Appeal a Decision

If the Crime Victims Reparations Board makes a decision with which the victim or claimant disagrees, the victim or the claimant has a right under the law to ask that the decision be reconsidered. The victim or claimant must notify the Crime Victims Reparations Board of the reason for their dissatisfaction and provide additional information in this reconsideration process. If the outcome of the reconsideration process is not satisfactory, an appeal may be made to district court.

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Parish Claim Investigator Contacts
Acadia Karen Matthews
karen@apso.org
( 337)788-8701
Allen Peggy Ray
pray@allenparishso.com
(337) 639 - 4353
Ascension Mindy Aldridge
maldridge@ascensionsheriff.com
(225) 621 - 8322
Assumption Tracy Landry
tlandry@assumptionsheriff.com
(985) 526 - 1627
Avoyelles  Darla Borden
dborden@avoyellesso.org 
(318)619-3940
Beauregard Magen Quave
mquave@bpsheriff.org
(337) 460 - 5515
Bienville Vicki Johnson
vjohnson@bienvillesheriff.org
(318) 263 - 2215
Bossier

Walt Hollis
whollis@bossiersheriff.com

(318) 965 - 3500
Caddo Vickie Johnson
vickie.johnson@caddosheriff.org
(318) 681 - 0870
Calcasieu Jada Keller
jkeller@cpso.com
(337)491-7917
Caldwell

Beckie Crain         beckiecrain@yahoo.com

(318) 649 - 2345
Cameron Darlene Higgins
dhiggins77@yahoo.com
(337) 775 - 2107
Catahoula Amy Franklin
gacfrank@gmail.com
(318) 744 - 5411
Claiborne Donna Smith
donna.smith@claibornesheriff.org
(318) 927 - 9800
Concordia Vernon Stevens
vernonstevens427@gmail.com
(318) 719 - 9520
Desoto Monica Cason
mcason@dpso.org
(318) 872 - 3956
E. Baton Rouge Dy. Keva Vessel
kvessel@ebrso.org
 (225) 239 - 7850
E. Carroll

Mattie Dixon        mattiedixon3@hotmail.com

(318) 559 - 2144
E. Feliciana

Rickie Collins
rcollins20thvic@bellsouth.net

(225) 683 - 0702
Evangeline Sherrie Fontenot
sherrie3704@gmail.com
(337) 363 - 2161
Franklin Dewanna Ward
dmwfpso@yahoo.com
(318) 435 - 9735
Grant

Lisa Davidson       davidson@grantso.org

(318) 627 - 3261
Iberia Rose Rochon
rrochon@iberiaso.org
(337)560-4319
Iberville Dy. Sharon Sparks Sharon.Bueche@yahoo.com (225) 687 - 5100
Jackson Cody Cheatwood
ccheatwood@jacksonparishsheriff.com
(318)259-9021
Jefferson Kent Wolkart
wolkart_ka@jpso.com
(504) 376 - 2426
Jefferson Davis  Roxana Guidry               rguidry@jpso.com (337)821-2106
Lafayette Amy Daigle
Amy.Daigle@lafayettesheriff.com
(337)236-5657 X 31
Lafourche Amy Guillot
amy-guillot@lpso.net
(985) 449 - 4477
Lasalle Clare Wilson
cwilson@lasalleso.com
(318) 992 - 2067
Lincoln Joanie Huffman
jhuffman@lincolnparish.org
(318) 513 - 6305
Livingston
Alice Smith
absmith@lpso.org
(225)686-2241 X=376
Madison
Emily Ervin
emilyervin@madisonso.com
(318) 574 - 1831
Morehouse
Brian Schoemaker
BShoemaker@mpso.net
(318) 281 - 4141
Natchitoches
Sandra Williams
swilliams@npsheriff.net
(318) 357 - 7805
Orleans Sgt. Stephanie Minto-Gibson
mintos@opso.us
(504)827-6702 x=4377
Ouachita
Sgt. Lea Jones
Chris.sasser@opso.net
(318) 324 - 2661
Plaquemines  Daphne Buras
dburas@ppso.net
(504)297-5433
Pointe Coupee Lara Morman
lmorman@pcpso.org
(225) 638 - 5445
Rapides
Carla Ledet
carlal@rpso.la.gov
(318)641-6000
Red River 

Cpt. Joey Wiggins
jwiggins@redriverparishsheriff.org

(318) 932 - 4221
Richland Vicki Greer
vgreer@richlandso.org
(318) 728 - 2071
Sabine

Kaylynn Remedies                        spso@cp-tel.net

(318) 256 - 0006
St. Bernard  Jennifer Gutierrez
jturnage@sbso.org
(504) 301 - 4001
St. Charles  Gwen Jennings
GJennings@stcharlessheriff.org
(985) 783 - 6230
St. Helena  Myra Tanner-Williams
myrat@sthelenaso.org
(225) 222 - 4413
St. James

Jena Copponex jena.copponex@stjamesla.com

(225) 562 - 2221
St. John Greg Maurin
gmaurin@stjohnda.com
(985) 703 - 0917
St. Landry

Jennifer Guidry     jennifer@slpsheriff.com

(337) 948 - 5805
St. Martin  Maj. Ginny Higgins
ghiggins@stmartinsheriff.org
(337) 394 - 2606
St. Mary 

Capt. Gail McDaniel mcdaniel@stmaryso.com

(337) 907 -0408
St. Tammany Rosemary Smith
roesmith@stpso.com
(985)276-1300
Tangipahoa Cynthia Watson
watsonc@tpso.org
(985) 902 - 2088
Tensas

Faye Gossett/Kathryn Foster kfoster@tensasso.org

(318) 766 - 3434/9494
Terrebonne Belinda Triche
btriche@tpso.net
(985) 857 - 0266
Union Marcie Cooper  marciecooper@unionsheriff.com (318) 368 - 3124
Vermilion Brenda Schexnayder
brenda@vpso.net
(337) 898 - 4403
Vernon Dy. Gloria Gentry
gloriargentry@yahoo.com
(337) 238 - 7248
Washington Sheila Dedon
sdedon@wpsoweb.com
(985) 839 - 3434
Webster Dy. Felecia Brown
fabrown@webstersheriff.org
(318) 371 - 4021
W. Baton Rouge  Patty Webb
patty.webb@WBRSheriff.org
(225)382-5246
W. Carroll Dy. Jerry Waters
wcso@bellsouth.net
(318) 428 - 2331
W. Feliciana Rickie Collins
rcollins20thvic@bellsouth.net
(225) 635 - 4612
Winn Stacey Johnson       wp4Johnson@winnparish.org (318) 628 - 4611

 

For More Information:

Call the Crime Victims Reparations Board
(225) 342-1749 
Toll free  1-888-6-VICTIM (Nationwide)

Or Write to:

Crime Victims Reparations Board
Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
Box 3133
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Or View the Victim/Elderly Services Directory in the downloads below

 

CVR Downloads


  CVR Brochure PDF  
   Victim/Elderly Services Directory - 2012 PDF  
 

 CVR Administrative Rules

PDF  
1  CVR Application                   PDF
2  Medical Expense Claim Forms PDF WORD
3  Medical Expense Claim Forms (overflow) PDF WORD
4  Funeral Claim Forms PDF WORD
5  Mental Health Claim Forms PDF WORD
6  Lost Wages Claim Forms PDF WORD
7  Loss of Support Claim Forms PDF WORD
8  Child Care Expense Forms PDF WORD
9  Catastrophic Property Loss Forms PDF WORD
10  Crime Scene Expense Forms PDF  WORD
11  Crime Scene Evidence Expense Claim Forms PDF WORD

 

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 Updated  2/17/2014