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Crime Victims Reparation Commission

Compensation FAQ

Who is CVRC?

The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission was formed in 1981 under the Crime Victims Reparation Act to assist victims of violent crime with expenses incurred as a result of their victimization.

Who Qualifies?

Victims who have suffered physical injury or extreme mental distress as a result of one or more of the following crimes:

  • Aggravated assault;
  • Aggravated battery;
  • Criminal sexual contact of a minor;
  • Criminal sexual penetration;
  • Murder;
  • Voluntary manslaughter;
  • Involuntary manslaughter;
  • Abandonment or abuse of a child;
  • Homicide by vehicle or great bodily injury by vehicle;
  • Aggravated stalking;
  • Kidnaping;
  • Arson resulting in bodily injury;
  • Aggravated arson;
  • Aggravated indecent exposure;
  • Dangerous use of explosives; or,
  • Negligent use of a deadly weapon;
  • Human Trafficking

Who may apply?

  • Victims.
  • Family and dependents of deceased victims.
  • Any individual who voluntarily assumes funeral or medical expenses of the victim.

How does a person qualify?

  • The crime must have occurred in New Mexico.
  • A police report must have been filed within thirty (30) days of the incident, however in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault the victim has one hundred and eighty (180) days to file a police report. There is also an exception for minors in some cases.
  • A completed application must be filed within two (2) years of the incident. (Some exceptions may be allowed for minors under eighteen (18) years of age.)
  • The victim or claimant must cooperate fully with the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission and all law enforcement agencies. This includes a willingness to prosecute the offender.

How are awards determined?

In determining awards, all applications undergo a thorough review. The Crime Victims Reparation Commission Board takes into account collateral sources available to the victim, such as Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, worker’s compensation, indigent funds, etc., and any contributory behavior on the part of the victim. The submission of an application does not guarantee payment.

What are the types of reparation?

Awards up to a maximum of $20,000.00 (or a maximum of $50,000.00 in cases of permanant physical disability) can be made for the following:

  • Medical and dental care;
  • Mental health counseling; (30 session maximum)
  • Funeral and burial expenses; ($6,000.00 maximum)
  • Loss of earnings as a result of the crime;
  • Eyeglasses; ($350.00 maximum)
  • Or other medically necessary devices.

No awards are made for property loss, pain and suffering, or attorney’s fees.

What happens after I mail in my application?

After receiving an application, it will be given a claim number. The application and related documentation received, including a complete offense report (which this office requests and receives from law enforcement), will then be reviewed to determine if the victim and/or claimant are eligible for compensation.  This process involves verifying all the information presented in the application. A decision about whether the victim/claimant is eligible is usually made within 120 days. If the application is approved and expenses incurred as a result of the crime are eligible, payment will be made directly to providers or the victim/claimant. The victim/claimant is notified in writing of the decision to award or deny the claim.

If I don’t agree with the decision, what can I do?

If a decision is made that the victim/claimant disagrees with, an appeal may be filed with the agency Director.  The victim/claimant must notify the agency Director in writing of the reason for the appeal and provide additional information for reconsideration of the original decision.  If the original decision is upheld, the victim/claimant may request, in writing, a meeting with agency staff and an independent victim advocate.  If the victim/claimant does not agree with the outcome of this meeting, the final step would be to request an appearance in front of the agency Commission members. The decision from that meeting is final.

How do I apply?

You may receive an application form by contacting our office:

Crime Victims Reparation Commission
6200 Uptown Blvd., Suite 210
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 841-9432
1-800-306-6262 (toll-free)
Fax: (505) 841-9437
E-Mail: cvrc@state.nm.us

Or you may access the application form in PDF format.

You may also obtain an application form and receive assistance from your local District Attorney’s Office or the other agencies listed below. Call them at the number listed below and ask for the Victim Advocate.

 

  • 1st Judicial District – Santa Fe
    827-5000
  • 2nd Judicial District – Albuquerque
    841-8400
  • 3rd Judicial District – Las Cruces
    524-6370
  • 4th Judicial District – Las Vegas
    425-6746
  • 5th Judicial District – Carlsbad
    885-8822
  • 6th Judicial District – Silver City
    388-1941
  • 7th Judicial District – Socorro
    835-0052
  • 8th Judicial District – Taos
    758-8683
  • 9th Judicial District – Clovis
    769-2246
  • 10th Judicial District – Tucumcari
    461-2075
  • 11th Judicial District
    • Div. I – Farmington
      325-7555
    • Div. II – Gallup
      722-2281
  • 12th Judicial District – Alamogordo
    437-3640
  • 13th Judicial District – Los Lunas
    865-9643
  • Las Cruces Police Department
    527-6135
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
    1-800-522-6233 (Statewide)
    255-2955 (Albuquerque area)
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