FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday - May 27, 2005
AWARDS $11,707,000 TO NORTH CAROLINA
TO SUPPORT CRIME VICTIMS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that North Carolina has been awarded $10,350,000.00 in victim assistance funds and $1,357,000.00 in victim compensation funds, through the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds for both of these awards come from federal criminal fines, penalty assessments, and bond forfeitures collected by U. S. Attorneys' Offices and U. S. Federal Courts, which are deposited in the Crime Victims Fund.
The state victim assistance program uses VOCA funds to provide services to federal and state victims of crime, including rape, drunk driving, child abuse, and domestic violence. The state agency designated by the Governor to administer the crime victim assistance program is the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, 1201 Front Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, N. C. 27609, telephone number 919/733-4564.
The compensation award represents 60 percent of the state funds that the State of North Carolina paid to eligible crime victims during the previous year. The state victim compensation program is an important resource to reimburse victims for costs such as medical services, lost wages, and mental health and funeral expenses that are incurred as a result of a crime. The state agency designated to administer the crime victim compensation program is the North Carolina Victims Compensation Commission, 4703 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N. C. 27699-4703, telephone number 919/733-7974.
For more information about these grants, contact the Office of Justice Program's Office of Communications at 202/307-0703.