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