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Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress that is as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funeral and burial costs, expenses for mental health counseling, and lost wages or loss of support. Every state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides crucial financial assistance to victims of both federal and state crimes.

 

The following resources provide more information about victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, compensable costs, and the application process.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2017) OVC, PS000031P.
The poster is available for download in color or black and white and a customizable version is available. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
PDF (11x17 Color, Customizable) | PDF (22x28 Color) | PDF (11x17 B&W, Customizable)
 
2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster, awareness posters, and stickers) (2017) OVC, PS000031.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Kit contains this year's theme poster, awareness posters, and stickers. A limited number of hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
HTML
 
2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (February 2017) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 250175.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2 to 8, highlights this year’s theme, Strength. Resilience. Justice. The guide provides all of the materials necessary to promote public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year.
Abstract | HTML
 
State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program: Tribal Outreach To Establish Trust and Increase Awareness of Victim Services (December 2016) OVC, 17 pages, NCJ 249582.
This report discusses the outcome of a 3-year project through which the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Victim Services Division, supported a State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison. This liaison provided outreach to Oklahoma American Indian victims regarding tribal victim assistance, grant opportunities, and crime victim compensation.
Abstract | PDF
 
Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 3 pages, NCJ 249924.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 

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Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress that is as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funeral and burial costs, expenses for mental health counseling, and lost wages or loss of support. Every state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides crucial financial assistance to victims of both federal and state crimes.

 

The following resources provide more information about victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, compensable costs, and the application process.


Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress that is as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funeral and burial costs, expenses for mental health counseling, and lost wages or loss of support. Every state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides crucial financial assistance to victims of both federal and state crimes.

 

The following resources provide more information about victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, compensable costs, and the application process.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Nov 20 2013 at 2:00PM, Laura Banks Reed, Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program, and Shontel Wright, Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, hosted a discussion on Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation

On Mar 29 2011 at 3:00PM, Angela Moreland Begle, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina, and Jack Fleming, National Center for Victims of Crime, and Charity Hope, VERA Institute of Justice, and Julie K Landrum, National Crime Victim Law Institute, and Jennifer Shewmake, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, hosted a discussion on Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

On Nov 14 2006 at 2:00PM, Dan Eddy, Executive Director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards, hosted a discussion on Crime Victim Compensation and Best Practices

Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress that is as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funeral and burial costs, expenses for mental health counseling, and lost wages or loss of support. Every state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides crucial financial assistance to victims of both federal and state crimes.

 

The following resources provide more information about victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, compensable costs, and the application process.


What is the difference between compensation and restitution?
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims... Read More

I am a crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... Read More

Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2017?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 2-8, 2017. You may ... Read More

How much money does each state receive to provide victim compensation?
The amount of money appropriated to each state for victim compensation is available from the Crime V... Read More

More FAQs

Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress that is as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funeral and burial costs, expenses for mental health counseling, and lost wages or loss of support. Every state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides crucial financial assistance to victims of both federal and state crimes.

 

The following resources provide more information about victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, compensable costs, and the application process.


FY 2017 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and Assistance (PDF 290 kb)
Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction’s or program’s ability to respond to the event. This is a restricted invitation because the program is intended to respond to specific cases of terrorism and mass violence. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

More Funding Opportunities

Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress that is as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Crime victim compensation is a direct reimbursement to or on behalf of a crime victim for a wide variety of crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funeral and burial costs, expenses for mental health counseling, and lost wages or loss of support. Every state administers a crime victim compensation program that provides crucial financial assistance to victims of both federal and state crimes.

 

The following resources provide more information about victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, compensable costs, and the application process.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2017) OVC, PS000031P. The poster is available for download in color or black and white and a customizable version is available. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
PDF (11x17 Color, Customizable) | PDF (22x28 Color) | PDF (11x17 B&W, Customizable)
 
2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster, awareness posters, and stickers) (2017) OVC, PS000031. The 2017 NCVRW Resource Kit contains this year's theme poster, awareness posters, and stickers. A limited number of hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
HTML
 
2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (February 2017) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 250175. The 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2 to 8, highlights this year’s theme, Strength. Resilience. Justice. The guide provides all of the materials necessary to promote public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year.
Abstract | HTML
 
State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program: Tribal Outreach To Establish Trust and Increase Awareness of Victim Services (December 2016) OVC, 17 pages, NCJ 249582. This report discusses the outcome of a 3-year project through which the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Victim Services Division, supported a State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison. This liaison provided outreach to Oklahoma American Indian victims regarding tribal victim assistance, grant opportunities, and crime victim compensation.
Abstract | PDF
 
Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 3 pages, NCJ 249924. The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Human Trafficking
OVC’s human trafficking Web site contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
 

Federal Resources

International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)
If you believe that you or someone you know has been a victim of international terrorism, help may be available. ITVERP is a program authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has been reinstated and will provide compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes. On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-347) which expands the pool of applicants eligible for the Fund to include individuals who experienced injuries associated with the attacks or subsequent debris removal. The VCF site allows users to obtain a list of the kinds of documents and information needed in order to process claims; register for the VCF online, the first step in submitting your claim; fill out an online eligibility form to determine VCF eligibility; submit a claim online; and review Frequently Asked Questions.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)
NACVCB shares information and ideas through its network of victim compensation programs. Training and technical assistance activities and other resources focus on fiscal stability, outreach, communication, and advocacy.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Nov 20 2013 at 2:00PM, Laura Banks Reed, Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program, and Shontel Wright, Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, hosted a discussion on Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation

On Mar 29 2011 at 3:00PM, Angela Moreland Begle, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina, and Jack Fleming, National Center for Victims of Crime, and Charity Hope, VERA Institute of Justice, and Julie K Landrum, National Crime Victim Law Institute, and Jennifer Shewmake, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, hosted a discussion on Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

On Nov 14 2006 at 2:00PM, Dan Eddy, Executive Director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards, hosted a discussion on Crime Victim Compensation and Best Practices


FAQs

What is the difference between compensation and restitution?
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims... Read More

I am a crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... Read More

Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2017?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 2-8, 2017. You may ... Read More

How much money does each state receive to provide victim compensation?
The amount of money appropriated to each state for victim compensation is available from the Crime V... Read More

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Funding

FY 2017 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and Assistance (PDF 290 kb)
Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction’s or program’s ability to respond to the event. This is a restricted invitation because the program is intended to respond to specific cases of terrorism and mass violence. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) 54th Annual Meeting
Kansas City, MO
03/21/2017-03/25/2017

National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony
Washington, DC
04/07/2017-04/07/2017

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.