Crime Victimization (Including Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault)

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Act

In 1987, the Arkansas Legislature created the “Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Act.” The legislation provides a method of compensating and assisting victims and their dependents that have suffered personal injury or death as the result of a violent crime, including DWI and hit and run accidents. If you are a victim of violent crime, call the Arkansas Crisis Center at 1.888.CRISIS2 (274-7472) during our posted hours, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) for support and information on how to submit a claim for crime reparations. However, if for any reason you are unable to connect with someone and you are in immediate danger, please dial 9-1-1.

Who is Considered a Victim?

  • A person suffering personal injury or death as a result of a criminal act.
  • A person suffering personal injury or death as an act of terrorism outside the U.S.
  • A child victim
  • An immediate family member of a deceased victim, a sexual assault victim, or a child victim.
  • A person who discovers the body of a homicide victim

Victims Who May be Eligible:

  • Treatment was rendered within 72 hours (minors excluded, others possibly waived).
  • Assault must have been reported to law enforcement
  • Crime committed in Arkansas or against Arkansas resident
  • Claimant cannot be offender or accomplice, or have been convicted of a criminally injurious felony.

Types of Assistance Available

  • Medical, including rehabilitation and dental
  • Physician and Emergency Room fees
  • Lab fees and testing for HIV and STIs
  • Preventative medication for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy
  • Sedative or Tranquilizer
  • Ambulance Service
  • Repair/ and or replacement, such as eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids
  • Mental Health
  • Work Loss
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Loss of Support for Dependents
  • Crime Scene Clean Up
  • Other Expenses
Victims may call 501-682-1020 or 1-800-448-3014 or their local Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for more information and to determine eligibility.

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence  www.domesticpeace.com

Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault   www.acasa.us