To support, inform and empower surviving loved ones of homicide victims and others harmed by violent crime in North Carolina throughout the continuum of their experience.
In everything we do for those we serve, we will conduct ourselves with fairness, dignity, and compassion.
The NC Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that advocates for victims of violent crime, especially surviving family members of homicide victims. This means that we:
As a non-profit, NCVAN provides these unique services to ease the burden that results when someone becomes a victim of violent crime and we support our services through grant funding from the Governor’s Crime Commission and community funding.
The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network was founded in 1986 to give crime victims a stronger voice in North Carolina. Our founders experienced the tragic deaths of their children as a result of homicide and, through that experience, recognized the need to create a stronger support network for surviving loved ones of homicide victims. Since our founding, NCVAN has contributed to victim services by:
1. Working to amend the North Carolina Constitution to include victim’s rights and applicable safeguards to strengthen victim rights.
2. Maintaining a statewide directory of victim service providers and community resources.
3. Working to ensure victim compensation laws include victims of DWI.
4. Creating ethical standards in victim services and providing technical assistance and training through the NC Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy, the recognized State Victim Assistance Academy for NC.
5. Supporting victims of violent crime through direct advocacy services such as trauma-informed counseling and homicide support groups.
6. Hosting community training events on topics that empower the general public, increase safety and strengthen communities.