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Little-known help is available for crime victims

Little-known help is available for crime victims
Posted: Jan 5, 2017
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the Slidell Police Department:


Did you know that the Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program was authorized under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Public Law 98-473, to provide financial assistance to Louisiana for the purpose of assisting victims of crime through the provision of comprehensive, coordinated direct services? Private nonprofit agencies and local units of government are awarded grants to provide direct services to victims. Priority areas are spousal abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, and previously underserved victims. The program requires that the agencies funded provide cash or in-kind match, use volunteers to assist victims with filing for compensation through the Crime Victims Reparations Program through the Sheriffs' Offices throughout the State, and encourage reporting to law enforcement.

Victims of violence and their families often must deal with the emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of violent 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

Victims of crime seeking assistance through the Crime Victims Reparation Program should call
1-888-6-VICTIM (1-888-684-2846) or visit

Chief Randy Fandal would like all victims of violent crime to feel comfortable in reaching out to law enforcement, and utilizing the resources available to obtain relief, if needed.