Member News and Information
The mission of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards is to provide leadership, professional development, and collaborative opportunities to our members to strengthen their capacity to improve services to crime victims and survivors. We share a vision of working together so that every victim compensation program is fully funded, optimally staffed, and functioning effectively to help victims cope with the costs of crime.
Our Members-Only section is open to managers, staff and Board members of government crime victim compensation programs. Contact us if you need assistance logging in.
Regional Conferences for compensation programs are being held this Spring.
We look forward to our membership's participation in these valuable opportunities for training and networking. Detailed information on each conference has been sent to every program.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2015: Fifty Years of Crime Victim Compensation in America
California's Victim Compensation Program, established in 1965, was the first organized victim service program of any type in the United States, preceding domestic violence programs and other types of victim assistance agencies. Director Julie Nauman honors that anniversary in a message, noting that the program has paid out $2.3 billion in benefits to victims, and emphasizing the need to engage with communities to "spread the conversation about victim rights and work to end violence."
OVC National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims, April 19-25
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Victim Compensation Programs Help Victims
Cope with the Costs of Violent Crime
Crime victim compensation programs in states across the country help victims of violence every day, paying for the costs of medical care, mental health counseling, and lost time at work, as well as funerals and other expenses that families face in the aftermath of homicide. Close to $500 million annually is paid to and on behalf of more than 200,000 people suffering criminal injury, including victims of spousal and child abuse, rape, assault, and drunk driving, as well as families of murder victims.
If you want to apply for victim compensation, you should contact the program in the state where the crime occurred. There is no national or federal victim compensation program, except for U.S. residents who are victims of terrorism in foreign countries.
Our Program Directory, which can be accessed from this page by clicking on the tab at the upper left, provides highlights on the benefits, requirements, and procedures of each victim compensation program, as well as contact information. Victims and others can use this information to get in touch with the compensation program that may be able to provide help.
We also have a State Links tab above that allows quick access to each compensation program's own Website. Our General Info and FAQ tabs (above) also may be helpful for those seeking information.
A Crime Victim Compensation Brochure can be found here, with information about how these programs work to help victims.
NACVCB does not provide any financial assistance to victims. It only can refer victims to the program in the state where the crime occurred.