Victim Resources

Below you will find a list of contact information for various agencies that may be of assistance.

CRIME VICTIM SERVICES BUREAU (LOUISIANA)
P.O. Box 94304
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9304
225-342-1056
888-342-6110 (Victim Line)
Website: www.corrections.state.la.us

CRIME VICTIMS REPARATION BOARD

Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
1885 Wooddale Blvd, Room 1230
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-925-4437
888-684-2846
Website: www.cole.state.la.us

FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION FUND
Website: www.endabuse.org

IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION AND SURVIVAL
Website: www.identitytheft.org/index.htm

LOUISIANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (LCADV)
P.O. Box 77308
Baton Rouge, LA 70879-7308
225-752-1296
888-411-1333 (State Hotline)
Website: www.lcadv.org

MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS (MADD) LOUISIANA CHAPTER
5700 Florida Blvd., Suite 604
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-926-0807
800-992-6233 (Toll free)
225-926-3842 (fax)
Website: www.maddlouisiana.org

VICTIMS OF CRIME WITH DISABILITIES RESOURCE GUIDE

Website: http://wind.uwyo.edu/resourceguide/

LOUISIANA AUTOMATED VICTIM NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (LAVNS)
1-866-LAVNS-4-U
Website: www.cole.state.la.us

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THE CRIME VICTIMS REPARATIONS PROGRAM (CVR)

Victims of violence and their families must deal with emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Fund helps innocent victims and their families when they have no other means of paying for the financial cost of crime. The fund is administered by the Crime Victims Reparations Board under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana commission on Law Enforcement. The money in the fund comes from people who break the law.

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Residency

The crime must occur in Louisiana or the crime must involve a Louisiana resident who becomes a victim in another state that does not have a crime victim compensation program for which the victim would be eligible.

Reporting the Crime

The crime must be reported to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours after the incident unless there is a good reason why the crime was not reported within this time period.

Filing for Compensation

The application must be filed within a year of the crime unless there is a good reason why the application was not submitted within this time period.

Cooperation

The victim and/or claimant must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

Limits on Awards

Total recovery may not exceed $10,000 unless the victim suffered total and permanent disability. Victims who suffer total permanent disability as a result of their victimization may qualify for $25,000.

How to Apply

Applications are also available from all Louisiana sheriffs’s offices. The victim reparations coordinators provide assistance to victims who ask for help in filling out application forms. Victims may also get an application directly from the Crime Victim’s Reparations Office by calling 1-888-6VICTIM (in state only).
CVR downloadable Application can be downloaded from the website at www.cole.state.la.us.

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CRIME VICTIM SERVICES BUREAU

Mission

The mission of the Crime Victims Services Bureau and agency staff who interact directly with victims of crime and their families is to mitigate the negative experience of victimization. Toward this end, we pledge the following:

  1. To provide accurate and timely information and clear explanations
  2. To handle inquiries and requests with courtesy, kindness, and respect
  3. To offer victims and victim support organizations the opportunity to suggest programs and activities of importance to them.

Crime Victim Registration and Notification

The Crime Victims Services Bureau was established in 1993 as a single point of contact for victim registration and information about victim issues and related legal, policy, and program matters. Victims and other persons directly affected by the criminal actions of an individual under the Department’s authority are encouraged to register with the CVSB in order to be notified of the following events:

For sentenced adults

  • Initial housing location and projected release dates
  • Court ruling affecting sentence length
  • Scheduled hearing before the Parole of the Pardon Board
  • Escape from institutional custody and apprehension
  • Assignment to work release
  • Furlough
  • Release from prison by any means, including death

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LAVNS (Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System)

LAVNS is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides victims of crime two important services:

INFORMATION AND NOTIFICATION

Information

For defendant custody and court information, call 1-866-LAVNS-4-U and follow the prompts. Callers use basic information to search the LAVNS database. LAVNS will quickly provide the caller with offender status information, and will provide information on upcoming court events and hearings.

Notification

Callers may choose to register for automatic notification through LAVNS. Registered persons will receive notification of any change in an offender’s status. Persons registered for court information will receive notification of any change of case status. Callers select the phone number(s) where they wish to be notified and a PIN (personal identification number) to be used to confirm receipt of the notification.

For more information visit www.cole.state.la.us.

The LAVNS System is provided to assist you in getting information. Do not depend solely on LAVNS or any other service for your protection.