Crime Victims Assistance

The Universal City Police Departments Crime Victims Assistance Program is committed to protecting
the rights of and providing services to the victims and survivors of violent crime. Through the assistance of other public and private agencies and facilities, crisis intervention, advocacy,
education, information and referral, the primary goal is to alleviate the psychological and
emotional trauma incurred as a result of the crime.

The Crime Victims Assistance Program is also committed to make every effort to address the needs
of all people in crisis who become victimized by incidents of a criminal act.

For more information please visit: Attorney General of Texas

The Crime Victims Assistance Coordinator can be reached Monday through Friday, except Holidays,
from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 658-5353, and will assist in one or more of the following areas:

Victims Assistance Program Services:
  • Direct victim to Immediate Crisis Intervention
  • Direct victim to Emotional Support
  • Explanation of Rights of Crime Victims
  • Assistance Victim in Applying for and Obtaining Crime Victims' Compensation Benefits
  • Assist Victim to understand the General Information About His/Her Case
  • Property Return Assistance
  • Referral to Appropriate Social Service Agencies
  • Hospital and Court Accompaniment
Crime Victims in Texas Have a Right to:
  • Be protected from further harm or threats for cooperating with prosecution efforts
  • Have the victims safety considered in the setting of bail
  • Information about relevant court proceedings
  • Information about a defendant's right to bail and the procedures in a criminal investigation and in the criminal justice system
  • The right to complete a victim impact statement, detailing the emotional, physical and financial impact that the crime has had on you and your family, and to have that statement considered by the judge at sentencing and by the parole board prior to taking any parole action
  • Information about the Crime Victims' Compensation Program
  • Information about parole procedures and to be notified upon the release of the defendant
  • Be provided with a seperate and secure waiting area for witnesses at at trail
  • Prompt return of property held as evidence when it is no longer required
  • Have their employer notified if testimony requires absence from work
  • Have counseling regarding acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS/HIV) if the offense creates the need
  • Be present at all court proceedings related to the offense, subject to judge's approval
  • Information and an explanation of these rights