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Q: What does NCVAN do?

A: The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network: provides information, support, advocacy, and referrals for family members of homicide victims and 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 the ABOUT US page.

Q: What resources are available to me?

A: Resources available to address the needs caused by victimization will depend on several 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 to view online RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS AND LOVED ONES, or feel free to contact our office for assistance toll-free at 1-800-348-5068.

Q: What are my rights as a crime victim?

A: NC VAN has an easy-to-understand page about CRIME VICTIM RIGHTS with updates on MARCY'S LAW. For further questions, feel free to reach info@nc-van.org.

Q: I'm going to court soon. What can I expect?

A: The court experience can be daunting for victims, especially those with minimal to no experience in a court setting. The NCVAN’s Surviving Violent Crime Handbook (ENGLISH or SPANISH) details information on different phases of court proceedings and testifying tips that you may find helpful (pages 10-19). Also, visit our WHAT TO EXPECT IN COURT resource page.

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 training for seasoned victim service providers and allied professionals are offered throughout the year. Please visit RESOURCES FOR VICTIM SERVICE PROVIDERS for more information and resources.

Q: Can you provide information for my news story?

A: All media inquiries should be sent to info@nc-van.org. For crime statistics, view the SBI Annual Summary Report.

Q: How do I donate, volunteer, or become a member of NCVAN?

A: Click to find information to make a tax-deductible DONATION, give your time or talent to be a VOLUNTEER, or to join the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network as a MEMBER.

Q: Do you help 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 North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) to identify services in your community.