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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

Law Enforcement's Role in Victim Compensation (September 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252192.
This suite of training resources provides law enforcement personnel with tools to communicate information about victim compensation and other services to victims of crime. These materials include training videos and companion guides customized for first responders, investigators, and law enforcement leaders; frequently asked questions about victim compensation; customizable resources to assist your agency; and more.
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It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime! (April 2018) OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251642.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to law enforcement officers on how to respond to DUI crash victims and the services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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Help for Victims of DUI Crashes (April 2018) OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251675.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to victims of DUI crashes and the rights and services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims (October 2017) OVC-Sponsored, 3 pages, NCJ 250276.
Drunk driving crashes are crimes, not "accidents." One person is killed in an alcohol impaired driving crash every 53 minutes. This roll call video, supported by a grant from the OVC, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due victims of a violent crime.
Abstract | Video
 
2017 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Reaching Victims Everywhere (June 2017) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250634.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2015-2016 and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. The report provides an overview of how OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims. Learn how OVC is working to build a body of evidence-based knowledge for the crime victims field, and the ways in which OVC is seeking to increase the capacity of the field and reach unserved and underserved victims.
Abstract | PDF (Fast Facts Fact Sheet) | HTML (Full Report)
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 

OJP Publications

Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers (August 2018) BJA-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252127.
Corrections, probation, and parole officers can play an important role to inform victims of services, rights, and programs. This guide outlines how to provide victims of crime with information on restitution, victim compensation, and other types of financial assistance.
Abstract | PDF
 

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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

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2019?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 7-13, 2019 and this year’s theme i... 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

Do taxpayer dollars contribute to the Crime Victims Fund?
To date, Crime Victims Fund (Fund) dollars have always come from offenders convicted of federal crim... Read More

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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.


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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.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Law Enforcement's Role in Victim Compensation (September 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252192. This suite of training resources provides law enforcement personnel with tools to communicate information about victim compensation and other services to victims of crime. These materials include training videos and companion guides customized for first responders, investigators, and law enforcement leaders; frequently asked questions about victim compensation; customizable resources to assist your agency; and more.
HTML
 
It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime! (April 2018) OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251642. All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to law enforcement officers on how to respond to DUI crash victims and the services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
Abstract | PDF
 
Help for Victims of DUI Crashes (April 2018) OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251675. All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to victims of DUI crashes and the rights and services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
Abstract | PDF
 
DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims (October 2017) OVC-Sponsored, 3 pages, NCJ 250276. Drunk driving crashes are crimes, not "accidents." One person is killed in an alcohol impaired driving crash every 53 minutes. This roll call video, supported by a grant from the OVC, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due victims of a violent crime.
Abstract | Video
 
2017 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Reaching Victims Everywhere (June 2017) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250634. This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2015-2016 and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. The report provides an overview of how OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims. Learn how OVC is working to build a body of evidence-based knowledge for the crime victims field, and the ways in which OVC is seeking to increase the capacity of the field and reach unserved and underserved victims.
Abstract | PDF (Fast Facts Fact Sheet) | HTML (Full Report)
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 

OJP Publications

Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers (August 2018) BJA-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252127. Corrections, probation, and parole officers can play an important role to inform victims of services, rights, and programs. This guide outlines how to provide victims of crime with information on restitution, victim compensation, and other types of financial assistance.
Abstract | PDF
 

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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.
 
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators
This resource provides information and guidance to help improve the management of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. OVC will also periodically post notifications, updates, and resources for state VOCA administrators.
 

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

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2019?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 7-13, 2019 and this year’s theme i... 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

Do taxpayer dollars contribute to the Crime Victims Fund?
To date, Crime Victims Fund (Fund) dollars have always come from offenders convicted of federal crim... Read More

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Funding

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Agua Caliente Reservation, CA
12/05/2018-12/07/2018

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.