Q: What does your organization do?
A: The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network: provides information, support, advocacy and referrals for family members of homicide victims, and for victims of other crimes; hosts homicide support groups in participating communities throughout NC and provides ongoing technical assistance and oversight; provides financial assistance for the family members of homicide victims, who meet established criteria, to attend court proceedings; hosts community training events on topics that empower the general public, increase safety and strengthen communities and; provides training to victim advocates and allied professionals on victimization dynamics and effective service delivery. For general information about what we do, view our About Us page.
Q: What resources are available to me?
A: Resources available to address the needs caused by victimization will depend on a number of factors including the programs and services available in your local area, the crime committed against you, whether or not a police report was filed, how long ago the incident occurred, and your specific, individual needs. Click here to view online resources, or feel free to contact our office for assistance toll free at 1-800-348-5068.
Q: Can I file my victim compensation claim with you?
A: The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network does not file victim compensation claims; however, we do refer victims to N.C. Victim Compensation. To reach them directly, call 1-800-826-6200 or 919-733-7974.
Q: Do you assist with moving expenses?
A: At this time, we do not have funds available to assist with moving expenses. If you are a victim of domestic violence, your local domestic violence program may have emergency funds available. To locate your local domestic violence program, please visit our directory to identify services in your community.
Q: I’m going to court soon. What can I expect?
A: The court experience can be daunting for victims, especially those who have minimal to no experience in a court setting. Please refer to NCVAN’s Surviving Violent Crime Handbook. Specifically, pages 10-19 provide detailed information on different phases of court proceedings and testifying tips which you may find helpful.
Q: What trainings do you offer to victim service professionals?
A: Our Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy is an intensive 5-day basic training for professionals who have provided services to victims for six months or longer. Advanced trainings for seasoned victim service providers and allied professionals are offered throughout the year. Please visit Resources for Victim Service Providers for more information on current training opportunities.