This is the National Crime Victims Rights week. Local authorities are making sure you know how to get help if you're a victim.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office hosted the event Monday morning, explaining how crime victims can receive compensation for what's needed to restore their lives. The services include funeral or medical expenses, counseling, or lost wages.
"What they did was pay a certain amount on Tavia's funeral cost, and they also helped with comfort and counseling to help us get through the process,” said Vickie Britton.
“They helped us prepare for court procedures. But just them being there, knowing that someone was there by my side really helped me a lot and helped the family get through a lot. "
Last year, the Caddo Sheriff’s Office distributed nearly $235,000 to more than 119 crime victims and families. The funds come from the National Crime Victim’s Fund.
Here’s a link to the National fund: https://www.ncjrs.gov/ovc_archives/factsheets/cvfvca.htm
Here’s a link to Caddo Parish District Attorney's Victim's Assistance Program: http://bit.ly/1stCtFP