Victim Services Division
The mission of the Victim Services Division is to provide a central mechanism for crime victims to participate in the Criminal Justice System.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Victim Services Division
PO Box 13401 Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-3401
Phone: (800) 848-4284
Fax: (512) 452-0825
- Our Contact Information
- Confidential Victim Notification
- Online Resource Directory
- Victim Services Division FY 2021 Annual Report
Our promise to victims and their families
The TDCJ Victim Services Division is dedicated to providing direct, personal service to victims and their families throughout Texas, as well as, assisting those outside our state to the best of our ability. It is our goal to assure victims that they are not left behind at the crime scene, but can be involved in all parts of the criminal justice system if desired.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time)
If you are trying to contact us after business hours, please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Prosecutors' offices click here for information on the new Subsequent Indictment on Article 42A.054(a) Offense and/or Finding of a Deadly Weapon Notification form and instructions.
- The Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) Academy is a free, three-and-a-half-day training held yearly. The next TVAT Academy will be held in 2023. Complete this form to be notified when the application period opens for the 2023 TVAT Academy. For more information about TVAT Academy go here.
- TDCJ is pleased to announce its new "Links Library." This new resource provides links to helpful tools, information, brochures, and helplines for victims of crime. Our goal is to connect you to information you may need to navigate the criminal justice system, exercise your rights as a victim of crime and access support and assistance. Links Library allows crime victims to find information organized by topics with a brief description of the agency and how they can assist you. You will find topics ranging from Abuse & Neglect, Crime Victims’ Compensation, Domestic Violence, LGBTIA+, Safety Planning, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Suicide Prevention – Self-Harm Prevention, and Survivors of Homicide.
Links Library is located in our Integrated Victim Services System (IVSS) under the tab resources or visit the Links Library. Once on the page, click on the topic to expand the section and find more information. Links Library is mobile friendly; for those individuals who would like to access it from their phones or other hand-held devices.
- The TDCJ Victim Services Division is pleased to announce its new "Texas Victim Resource Directory." The new platform allows users to not only search more than 750 service provider listings by city or county but also by a number of other factors, including the type of crime victims served by an organization and the services they provide. Browse the updated Texas Victim Resource Directory.
- The TDCJ Victim Services Division is pleased to announce that we have implemented a new Integrated Victim Services System (IVSS) to manage victim notification and resource information. The new system allows you manage your personal information directly via our self-service portal. Updates to your information will be made in real time and will be available to view immediately. You will be able to search for limited offender information, register for notifications, see past notifications and update your preferences for receiving information from VSD through this portal. You also have the option to search for resources in your area by county, crime type or type of service. The portal is accessible through any device with internet capabilities including desktop computers, mobile phones and tablets.
You may register, update contact information and view notifications through your portal account. If you were previously registered with VSD, you will continue to receive notifications based on your prior preferences. Previous registrants will receive an e-mail with an invitation code which will allow you to create a portal account that is linked to your existing registration. Access the portal here.
The Victim Services Division will continue to provide assistance through our crisis hotline, as well as through e-mail, postal mail and fax.
- To support the continued educational needs of victim services professionals, the Integrated Victim Services System (IVSS) provides information on training/events held in Texas. For more information, click here.
- Victim Impact Statement (VIS) Form
- Training and Technical Assistance
- Direct Services for Crime Victims
- Texas Victim Resource Directory
- Crime Victims' Rights
- Clemency Information for Human Trafficking Victims
- How Do I get Help Locally Within the State of Texas?
- Protective Order
- Restitution Brochure (text only)
- Ex Parte Retzlaff Information
- Media Tips: Tips for Victims Who May Work with the Media
- Definitions and Acronyms
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Related Links
Summary of Services We Provide
Our division is organized into two sections, Notification and Programs. A summary of these sections is provided below.
The Integrated Victim Services System (IVSS) utilizes a confidential database to provide registrants with notifications regarding offenders in the TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division (CID) or under the supervision of the TDCJ Parole Division (PD). Notifications are now available via e-mail, letter, text or any combination of your choosing. The IVSS provides notifications concerning phases of the criminal justice system, post-conviction. This includes the parole review process, release to supervision or discharge and warrant actions during periods of supervision.
If you are a victim of a crime, family member of a victim, concerned citizen, or criminal justice professional and would like to register for notification on an offender who is in the TDCJ CID or under the supervision of the TDCJ PD, please visit our IVSS website or you may contact our office at (800) 848-4284 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TDCJ Victim Services Division now offers text notifications to all registrants on a variety of notifications. Please note that data is process through the IVSS system 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is possible to receive notifications by e-mail and text message at all hours of the day. You may request to receive only time sensitive (parolee warrant actions) by text message or opt in to receiving text messages for all available notifications by logging into the portal or contacting the VSD at 1-800-848-4284.
The Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC) provides training and technical assistance to criminal justice and victim services professionals and direct services to crime victims. The goal of the TxCVC is to provide focus, leadership, and coordination necessary to continue and improve services so that victims are afforded a full measure of justice and all possible assistance. The TxCVC was established and operated by the Governor’s Office in 1983 until its official transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) in March of 1996.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) has strategically placed Regional Victim Services Coordinators (RVSCs). The RVSCs provide direct services to victims of violent crime, assist local victim service and criminal justice professionals at district and county attorney offices, law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations, and are also available to serve on regional victim service coalitions or task force groups.
The TDCJ Victim Services Division Victim Offender Mediation Dialogue (VOMD) program, in accordance with Code of Criminal Procedure art. 56A.602, provides an opportunity for victims or surviving family members of violent crime to initiate an in-person meeting with the TDCJ offender responsible for their victimization. Creative alternatives to mediation are also an option, and typically include a letter written by the victim. For more information, please visit the VOMD page.
The Victim Services Division processes received unsolicited letters from offenders incarcerated in TDCJ - Correctional Institutions Division (adult prison system) expressing apologies to the victims of their crimes. To reduce the likelihood of possible re-victimization, the VSD processes appropriate apology letters according to the established division procedures.
Upon receipt of an apology letter from an offender, the VSD staff screen the letter and first determine whether applicable contact rules, laws, or court orders prohibit the offender from contacting the victim. If so, the VSD may report an offender for the possible violation and the apology letter process shall end. If an apology letter is screened and approved for further processing, the VSD will attempt to contact the victim to inform them of the letter, and offer them the choice of receiving the letter.
The offender is not notified as to whether or not the victim was successfully contacted or the victim’s decision regarding the letter. In the event that the VSD is unable to contact a victim about an appropriate apology letter, the letter is stored and shall be available at the request of the victim.