How Administrators of VOCA Victim Compensation Can
Administrators of VOCA crime victim compensation may be interested in
several of the preceding exhibit maps. The map showing California subgrantees
can be overlaid with data from crime victim compensation claims to examine
whether subgrantees are generating expected claims. Using the map showing
the changes in the population of Nevada, administrators can examine whether
there is an increase in crime and a commensurate increase in claims in
areas with increased populations. They can use this information to plan
The true benefits of GIS technology are realized when data are shared and
integrated into an organizations daily operations. With access to
crime data, administrators of VOCA crime victim compensation can quickly
identify the locations of crime and crime victims. They can then more accurately
predict the numbers and types of claims that will be generated from those
15 indicates the number of crime victims who received compensation in
relation to the location of crimes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and shows
that applications are not coming from the areas where crime occurs. Discrepancies
in the data may occur, however, if victims use their resident addresses
to apply for compensation rather than the addresses of where the crime occurred.
For more information, administrators of crime victim compensation could
overlay a map of subgrantees with a map of claims applications to see if
subgrantees are generating a sufficient number of applications.
Questions To Consider
- What is the frequency of crime incidents and the frequency
of victims receiving compensation?
- How does this information affect outreach planning?
Administrators of crime victim compensation can use the information on
VAWA grants as shown in the State of Georgia (exhibit
16) to identify counties where additional service providers may be
available to make referrals.
|Using Geographic Information Systems To Map Crime
A Guide for State Victims of Crime Act Administrators and Victim Service