International Crime Victim Compensation Program Directory
OVC is finalizing the 2004 update of the International Crime Victim Compensation Program Directory. It identifies countries with crime victim compensation programs that offer financial assistance to citizens and international visitors victimized by crime occurring within their borders. Crime victim compensation programs provide urgently needed financial assistance to help victims pay some of the out-of-pocket costs resulting from a crime, such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, loss of support, and funeral and burial expenses. The 2004 directory lists contact information for victim compensation programs in 36 countries and territories, including the United States. OVC worked with the U.S. Department of State to survey U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to identify new compensation programs and determine what modifications had been made to existing programs. This joint effort resulted in the identification of eight new countries and territories not included in the previous directory. The directory was first published in 1996 by OVC and last updated in 1999.