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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

2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (March 2020) OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 254447.
NCVRW will be commemorated April 19-25. The 2020 NCVRW Resource Guide provides all of the materials you need to create your own public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about crime victims' rights online and at events throughout the year. The guide features campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including a theme video, artwork, and more.
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2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (February 2020) OVC, NCJ 254449.
The 2020 NCVRW theme poster is available in two sizes—11" x 17" and 22" x 28"—and in three high-resolution formats—PDF, JPG, and Adobe InDesign (ID). The 11" x 17" poster has room for customization.
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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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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.
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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 2020?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 19–25, 2020. Sign up for... 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 latest ... 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

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.


OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation (PDF 285 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2020
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual grant equal to 60 percent of the amount the program awarded in state-funded victim compensation payments during the fiscal year 2 years prior to the present fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage. The primary purpose of these grants is to supplement state efforts to provide financial compensation to crime victims throughout the Nation for costs resulting from crime, and to encourage victim cooperation and participation in the criminal justice system. Funds under this program shall be used by the states for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. View the following VOCA Administrators announcement for guidance on submitting your application: www.ovc.gov/VOCA-Administrators/042920.html. Apply by Monday, June 1, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Targeted Training and Technical Assistance for VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators (PDF 320.6 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2020
The goal of this project is to provide peer-to-peer training and support on federal grants management and administration for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and VOCA victim assistance subgrantees. The objective of this peer-to-peer training is to enhance support to VOCA Victim Assistance Administrators (and their subgrantees) and Compensation Administrators to more closely align these training and assistance services with the needs and demands of VOCA administrators. OVC anticipates making one award of up to $5 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. View changes to page 4 made after the solicitation's initial release at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-targeted-tta-for-voca-administrators-change.pdf. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on Monday, April 27, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, June 1, 2020.

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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

2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (March 2020) OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 254447. NCVRW will be commemorated April 19-25. The 2020 NCVRW Resource Guide provides all of the materials you need to create your own public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about crime victims' rights online and at events throughout the year. The guide features campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including a theme video, artwork, and more.
Abstract | HTML
 
2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (February 2020) OVC, NCJ 254449. The 2020 NCVRW theme poster is available in two sizes—11" x 17" and 22" x 28"—and in three high-resolution formats—PDF, JPG, and Adobe InDesign (ID). The 11" x 17" poster has room for customization.
HTML
 
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.
Abstract | 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
 

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 | HTML
 

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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 2020?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 19–25, 2020. Sign up for... 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 latest ... 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

OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation (PDF 285 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2020
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual grant equal to 60 percent of the amount the program awarded in state-funded victim compensation payments during the fiscal year 2 years prior to the present fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage. The primary purpose of these grants is to supplement state efforts to provide financial compensation to crime victims throughout the Nation for costs resulting from crime, and to encourage victim cooperation and participation in the criminal justice system. Funds under this program shall be used by the states for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. View the following VOCA Administrators announcement for guidance on submitting your application: www.ovc.gov/VOCA-Administrators/042920.html. Apply by Monday, June 1, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Targeted Training and Technical Assistance for VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators (PDF 320.6 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2020
The goal of this project is to provide peer-to-peer training and support on federal grants management and administration for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and VOCA victim assistance subgrantees. The objective of this peer-to-peer training is to enhance support to VOCA Victim Assistance Administrators (and their subgrantees) and Compensation Administrators to more closely align these training and assistance services with the needs and demands of VOCA administrators. OVC anticipates making one award of up to $5 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. View changes to page 4 made after the solicitation's initial release at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-targeted-tta-for-voca-administrators-change.pdf. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on Monday, April 27, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, June 1, 2020.

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