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Title: Office of Victims' Services: Victim Rights Services and Victims Compensation Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2001-2002
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Bureau of Statistics and Policy Research
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 50
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108
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United States of America

Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Bureau of Statistics and Policy Research
P.O. Box 1167 Fed. Sq. Station
Harrisburg, PA 17108
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report illustrates the work performed by the Victim Services and Victim Compensation Programs on behalf of victims and their families under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Victims’ Services Advisory Committee from July 2001 to July 2002.
Abstract: In 1995, the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) was created to strengthen Pennsylvania’s support of crime victims. The VSAC serves in an advisory capacity to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to assist in the development of victims’ services and compensation. This annual report illustrates the accomplishments of VSAC, its committees, and the Office of Victims’ Services from July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2002. Accomplishment highlights focus on four areas: the reactions of the PCCD to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, technology advancements, legislation, and direct victim services unit (DVSU). Following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, staff members of the PCCD provided assistance and support through crisis intervention and counseling services to families who lost loved ones aboard United Airlines Flight 93. Technology enhancements included a new Web-based application, named DAVE which enables victim service providers to file compensation claims electronically, and guides advocates through an interview process to determine eligibility, as well as the documentation needed to expedite the processing of clients’ claims. As a result of recent amendments to the Crime Victims Act, victims of crime will be benefiting from expanded compensation eligibility requirements and added services. Finally, the Victims Compensation Program’s Direct Victim Services Unit (DVSU) expanded its services to victims/claimants in March 2002. Tables
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Financial assistance to victims; Pennsylvania; Victim compensation; Victim counseling; Victims' compensation statistics
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