Created in 1981, the long held mission of the Victim Services Division of the Austin Police Department is to respond to crime victim’s psychological and emotional needs.

This is achieved through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, criminal justice support, assistance with Crime Victims’ Compensation, education, information and referrals for victims of crime and trauma, individuals with mental illness, and witnesses. In addition to these primary responsibilities, the Division provides assistance to criminal justice personnel, the community, and other non-crime situations.

Domestic Violence

If there are signs of Domestic violence, see Victim Services Domestic Violence Information

Crime Victims’ Compensation

The Crime Victims’ Compensation fund, administered by the Office of the Attorney General, is available to assist victims of violent crimes with expenses that are related to the crime. Types of crimes covered are sexual assault, family violence, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assault, homicide, child abuse, and other crimes where the victim suffers physical or emotional harm or death. Motor vehicle crimes covered include DWI, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault and intoxication manslaughter. 

Crime Victims’ Compensation may be able to assist with reimbursement of expenses. For coverage information and an application see Texas Victim's Assistance.

Victim's Rights

  • Victims of crime have certain guaranteed rights. Read Victim Rights.

Related Information, Programs and Services

Printable version of the APD Victim Assistance Information Pamphlet

Suicide Prevention Resources

Help is available now! If you are thinking about suicide, call 988

— If you are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call or visit one of these Suicide Prevention Resources