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Title: Office of Victims' Services Annual Report Fiscal Year 2002-2003
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Office of Victims' Services
United States of America
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 64
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Office of Victims' Services
3101 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This publication presents the 2002-2003 Annual Report of the Victim Service, Education and Outreach, and Victims Compensation Programs.
Abstract: The report provides vital contact and resource information; highlights concerns regarding victim services and victim compensation; explains the compensation process; and provides information on education and outreach, funding, and the history of legislation. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency helps victims deal with the aftermath of crime by easing the financial burden. The passage of PA Act 85 of 2002 reinforced the importance of helping victims and their families recover from the emotional, physical, and financial hardships crime imposes upon them. The legislation that went into effect August 27, 2002, is aiding victims with expanded eligibility requirements and benefits. Now victims who need to move out a dangerous situation can do so with reimbursement for relocation expenses; the family that has been a victim of crime in the safety of their home can be reimbursed for crime-scene cleanup; and extended family members are eligible to file for counseling benefits. Law enforcement, victim advocates, and professionals who come in contact with victims of crime received training on the new legislation. These professionals are often the only person a victim of crime comes in contact with, making their knowledge of the rights and benefits to the victims all the more important. The Direct Victim Services Unit was created to help victims of mass violence, provide service at a school shooting, to assist the elderly victimized in a fraud scheme, and to aid victims and family member in the aftermath of a DUI crash. The Victim Services’ Advisory Committee was restructured during the past year; the new committees and subcommittees were streamlined to improve the revenue income to the Compensation Fund while the Office of Victims’ Services continued to search for new funding. Tables
Main Term(s): Financial assistance to victims; Pennsylvania; Victim services; Victim services training
Index Term(s): Coping; Elderly victim services; Families of crime victims; Legislation; Victim compensation; Victim counseling; Victimization; Victims' compensation statistics
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