GEORGIA STATE VICTIM'S COMPENSATION ACT
This program assists innocent violent crime victims with out-of-pocket medical or
counseling bills, funeral costs and lost wages directly related to their victimization.
Eligibility for funds is based on criteria designed by the State of Georgia. You may be
eligible if you are:
- a victim of a violent crime;
- a dependent spouse or child of such a victim;
- a reasonably acting "good Samaritan;"
- a family violence victim;
- a parent/guardian of an eligible minor;
- a guardian or estate administrator of an eligible mentally incompetent claimant; or
- any person who is not a direct service provider and who assumes the cost of an eligible
expense of a victim, regardless of such person's relationship to the victim or whether
such person is a dependent of the victim.
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE IF YOU ARE:
- a victim who was incarcerated or was currently serving an existing sentence for a felony
involving criminally injurious conduct;
- a victim that does not cooperate with law enforcement, prosecution, or the Council;
- a victim that contributed to their victimization; or
Other Requirements Include:
- a victim whose sole loss was property.
- The crime must be reported to law enforcement within 72 hours, unless good cause is
- a completed application must be filled out and submitted within 180 days of the
incident, unless good cause is shown.
The LaGrange Police Department is committed to fairness, compassion,
and excellence while providing police services in accordance with the law and sensitive to
the needs of its citizens.
Contact the police department at (706) 883-2603 if you:
- remember or discover new information
- discover additional property missing
- find or recover your own property
- locate serial or model number of stolen item
- locate the person you reported missing
- wish to speak to a detective
Warrants - If you wish to sign a criminal warrant against a suspect for any
incident described in a LaGrange Police Department Report, obtain a copy of the report at
the LaGrange Police Department, 100 Haralson Street, LaGrange, Georgia. Ask to speak to
the Warrant Officer. This officer can assist you in obtaining a warrant.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
All Emergencies 911
LaGrange Police Dept. (Admin) 883-2603
LaGrange Police Dept. (CID) 883-2620
LaGrange Police Chief 883-2610
Care Connections 800-338-6285
(Referrals 24 hours)
Victims Advocate-Felony 845-4270
Victims Advocate-Misdemeanor 883-1726
Project Love 882-1000
In accordance with O.C.G.A. Chapter 17, the Georgia Crime Victim's Bill
of Rights, the LaGrange Police Department has provided the listed information.
If you are a victim, or a family member of a victim, of one or more of
the following types of crimes:
Serious Injury by Vehicle
Feticide by Vehicle
Homicide by Vehicle
Sexual Exploitation of a Child
Cruelty to Children
You are entitled to know the following:
- It is possible that the accused may be released from custody prior to trial;
- that you, as a victim, have certain rights during various stages of the criminal justice
- additional information about your rights can be obtained by contacting the Criminal
Justice Coordinating Council at (404)559-4949;
- you may be eligible for monetary compensation for certain out-of-pocket expenses (from
the State's Crime Victim's Emergency Fund) incurred as a result of your victimization;
- you may contact the LaGrange Victim Witness Assistance Program at (706)845-4270 or the
Governor'sVictim Assistance Help line at (800)338-6745 for assistance or clarification of
- You must be notified, by the investigating law enforcement agency, of the accused's
- you must provide the Investigating law enforcement agency with your current address and
phone number if you wish to be contacted. Pagers or cellular phone numbers are not
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
As a victim of a crime; it is easy to feel you have no rights. The
Victim Assistance Program is here to:
- Help you if you are intimidated, harassed or afraid.
- Inform you of the status of your case.
- Give you notice of court hearings and procedures.
- Provide orientation to the courtroom setting.
- Provide a companion to attend court with you and provide emotional support.
- Refer you to social service agencies and other groups and individuals who can help you
with personal problems resulting from the crime.
- Assist you with solving problems caused by the necessity of court appearances; for
example, contactyour employer if you need to miss work.
- Inform the prosecuting attorney of your feelings about the case and any financial losses
you may have suffered.
- Provide you with information regarding parole of the defendant and accompany you to the
parole board if you desire.
Studies demonstrate police can decrease the incidents and severity of family violence
by making an arrest when probable cause exists. Therefore, the officer that responds will
arrest when the officer can legally do so.
The decision to arrest does not lie with the victim of domestic violence, but is the
decision of the officer based on state law and our policy.
After an arrest is made, the officer will assist you in making arrangements for your
safety. The officer will stand by while you gather personal items, such as clothing, for
yourself and your children. The officer will also transport you to a house of a friend or
family or to the police station where a representative of Project Love will take you to a
shelter. The officer will also provide the above services if no arrest is made because the
suspect has left the scene or if there is lack of probable cause to arrest.
The LaGrange Police Department will provide you with forms that may be filed with the
Superior Court to seek temporary relief from domestic violence.