There is help for the victims of crime. In Caddo Parish, victims of violent crime and elderly victims of crime may be compensated for their losses.
Crime Victims Reparations Program
The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Program will award payments for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost earnings, counseling and child care when they are related to a violent crime. The crime must be reported within 72 hours and application for compensation must be filed with the Board within one year. Victims or their dependents may apply.
In Caddo Parish, contact Deputy Vickie Johnson at (318) 681-0870, Community Programs, 1000 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, La. 71107. Also visit www.lcle.la.gov/cvr for more information.
Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS)
Crime victims can be notified regarding an offender's release date or custody information by registering with Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS).
Call 1-866-528-6748 to register or visit www.lcle.state.la.us/lavns to register.
Elderly Crime Victims Assistance Program
Victims age 60 and older may also seek help through the Elderly Crime Victim Assistance Program. The state program includes emergency financial assistance for immediate needs, counseling, criminal justice support, emergency legal advocacy, financial exploitation support services, and referrals.
To apply for services, contact Caddo Sheriff's Deputy Claire Crawford, ECVA at (318)681-0869.