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|Concordia crime victims, providers, awarded $35,000|
More than $35,000 was awarded to victims of violent crime, or the providers who assisted them, in Concordia Parish in fiscal year 2008.
According to the annual report from the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations (CVR) Board, the total of $35,651.18 was awarded through the applications of 18 victims.
The funds assisted those victims in numerous ways, according to CVR Claims Investigator Kathleen Stevens with the Concordia Parish Sheriffís Office.
"The bulk of the assistance was directly designated for payment of hospital bills, funeral bills or other crime-related medical bills," Stevens said. "Some of the money was targeted for counseling for grieving family members who lost a loved one due to a violent criminal act during the year, or survivors of sex crimes. Some of the money went to the young child of a deceased victim -- that will be used for his child care and education."
"Kathleen Stevens does an absolutely fantastic job with this program," said Sheriff Randy Maxwell. "She's a very compassionate person and establishes personal relations with these victims and their families. We're fortunate to have her."
The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Act provides for monetary compensation for economic losses to innocent victims of violent crimes involving personal injury, or to their dependents in case of death.
Normally, the maximum allowable award is $10,000, although the CVR Board may extend an award to a maximum of $25,000 if a victimís injuries are deemed total and permanent.
Costs levied on criminal court cases provide the bulk of the CVR funding, as well as federal grants and court-ordered restitution from criminals, donations and interest.
Any innocent victim of a violent crime, or his / her dependent in case of death, may file an application for CVR assistance.
Among the application requirements are:
The crime itself must be reported to law enforcement officials within 72 hours, unless there is a valid reason for later reporting.
The application must be filed within one year from the date of the crime.
The required information must be provided on the CVR application.
The victim or claimant must cooperate with the reasonable requests of law enforcement officials.
The applicant must not have been involved in the crime in any manner whatsoever.
The losses must not be reimbursable from any other source, such as insurance, sick or annual leave, Medicare or Medicaid, Social Security, civil suit or restitution.
Any innocent victim of a violent crime that occurred in Concordia Parish is asked to contact Kathleen Stevens at the Concordia Parish Sheriffís Office for further information on the CVR program.
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