“No one wants or asks to become
a victim of crime. But, should it
happen to you, it is important that
you feel comfortable
with the criminal justice system. My office sets a priority on giving you all the information you need and supporting you
through the system. I hope this information is helpful and please contact the victim assistance division with any questions.”
~ SUSAN D. REED
Bexar County Criminal District Attorney
At the Victim Assistance Division, we will:
Provide you general information regarding the criminal justice system:
If you have never had experience with the criminal justice system, the process may be confusing. The Victim Assistance Division is available to help you understand how the system actually works. As your case moves through the judicial system the Victim Assistance Division is available to answer questions regarding the progress of your case.
Aid you in completing the Victim Impact Statement or Crime Loss Form:
The Victim Impact Statement is a detailed account of the emotional, physical and financial effects the crime has had on you, the victim and your family members. The office of the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Victim Assistance Division will provide you with this form and help you complete it, if necessary. If you have been a victim of a property crime you will receive a Crime Loss Form on which you may provide information on your financial and property losses.
Aid you in preparing an application through the Crime Victim Compensation fund:
Victims may receive help in paying certain bills that are incurred as a result of a crime. The Victim Assistance Division can help you understand the requirements that must be met to be eligible for the Crime Victim Compensation fund. If you meet the basic requirements my office will assist you in preparing the application to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
Refer you to various social service agencies:
There are many social service agencies that can help you in the aftermath of a crime. The Victim Assistance Division can help put you in contact with the agencies that may be able to help you.
Accompany you to court:
Whenever you must appear in court, someone from the Victim Assistance Division will be available to accompany you. Please ask for assistance.
Court ordered restitution:
When a defendant is convicted, the Court may order restitution be paid as a condition of probation or parole and, in some cases, may create a judgment lien on behalf of the victim. The court may order restitution for any loss and it is not limited to violent offenses as is the Compensation Fund. It is important that you assist law enforcement in gathering information concerning your individual loss and give that to the investigators and assistant district attorney's handling the offense. My office will present the information to the court at the time of trial and seek to obtain the court order for you.
Aid in returning property involved in a criminal case:
If your property has been held as evidence in a criminal case my office can assist you in regaining possession of yur property.
Please contact the Victim Assistance Division with your questions at 210.335.2105.
Bexar County Criminal Case Flow Chart
Texas DPS Crime Victim Services Program
The Texas Attorney General
Victim Assistance Online
Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime
Department of Justice - National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Helpful Resources for Victims of Crime
National Center for Victims of Crime
SAFFE (San Antonio Fear Free Environment)