Homicide Advocacy Program

Murder doesn’t just affect an individual; it also affects a family and a community, creating an array of emotional and practical needs – that are often left unmet. The Homicide Advocacy Program strives to address the needs of homicide survivors/co-victims in communities across North Carolina. 

NCVAN recognizes that loved ones of homicide victims are unique. Homicide survivors/co-victims often don’t get the same services and support as other victims of crime. Homicide survivors/co-victims experience a complex array of emotions. Their grief is especially complicated, and they are left to navigate a foreign world and may feel cold and uncaring.

 

The Homicide Advocacy Program can provide valuable assistance in this time of grief and confusion.  The program is victim-centered and also serves as a resource for victim services professionals.

What Does the Homicide Advocacy Program offer?

Our Program Offers:

  • Court Accompaniment and Court Care Kits

  • Counseling resources

  • Assistance navigating the Criminal/Legal Process

  • Financial Support for homicide survivors/co-victims attending court who are not witnesses for the state

  • Support Groups in North Carolina

  • Memorial Events

  • Civil Assistance resources

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NCVAN offers Court Accompaniment for Loved Ones. Because attending the trial can be taxing, isolating, and confusing, it’s nice having someone there to offer additional support by being present. NCVAN victim advocates and team members can attend court proceedings if requested. Please be advised that NCVAN staff is only there for support and cannot act in any legal capacity for you or on your loved ones’ behalf.

 

NCVAN volunteers have assembled court care kits for loved ones attending court. These “kits” typically include tissues, chapstick, hand sanitizer, gum, or mints.

 

Court benches are hard and uncomfortable. Our volunteers crafted seat cushions to make court just a little more bearable.

 

If you’re interested in any of these services or if you have questions about the court process in general, please contact our main number so you can speak to a victim advocate. 1-919-831-2857 or 1-800-348-5068

Can NCVAN help me with

the court process?

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NCVAN acknowledges the mental and emotional toll that attending court can take and the financial toll. NCVAN offers financial support for homicide survivors/co-victims who are attending court. If a homicide survivor/co-victim is NOT attending court as a witness for the prosecution, they can qualify for reimbursement.

 

Reimbursement for:

  • Air or Ground Transportation

  • Lodging

  • Food

  • Related Parking Fees

  • Related Toll Fees

To receive financial support by reimbursement, visit the VICTIM SERVICES REIMBURSEMENT page with application and reimbursement forms that must be completed fully and submitted to NCVAN. Typically the forms are completed by the appropriate District Attorney’s Office.

 

For further information or inquiries on this program, call us at 919.831.2857 or 800.348.5068.

Can NCVAN help with

travel expenses related to court?

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NCVAN is excited to announce the launch of a Monthly Online Support Group on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. facilitated by NCVAN staff member Scott Bass.

 

If you would like additional information please contact Scott Bass, Director of Homicide Support Services at scott@nc-van.org or   1-919-831-2857   ext. 101. Registration is required and space is limited.  Click to LEARN MORE.

Are there any online

support groups?

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NCVAN has a Crime Victim Memorial Garden in Downtown Raleigh. The Memorial Garden is a place where homicide victims can be remembered. The names of those taken by homicide are inscribed on bricks that line the walkway of the garden. The garden provides a tranquil space for loved ones.

 

If you wish to have a brick for your loved one placed in our garden, NCVAN will inscribe and place the brick(s) at no cost.  For more information see our TO REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONE webpage or contact dianna@nc-van.org.

How can NCVAN help me remember a loved one?

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Annual Garden Memorial Service

The Annual Garden Memorial Service occurs every year during Crime Victims Rights Week which is the 3rd week of April. Join us for our ceremony in the garden located at the corner of Lane and Wilmington Streets in Raleigh.

Survivors of Homicide Victims Candlelight Vigil

Our Candlelight Vigil is held in December in Raleigh at the State Capitol grounds (Eastside) located at 1 Edenton Street. Bring a photo of your loved one or some other memento. Join us as we lend support to each other and remember loved ones taken from us.

Know Hope 5K Walk/Run

Our Annual Crime Victims’ Memorial Community Walk/Run, in remembrance of homicide victims is a 5K Walk/Run held in September. Photographs of homicide victims are posted along the start/finish line. Children and leashed pets are welcome.

 

Click on the EVENTS webpage to find out more.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does the Homicide Advocacy Program offer?


Our Program Offers:

  • Court Accompaniment and Court Care Kits
  • Counseling resources
  • Assistance navigating the Criminal/Legal Process
  • Financial Support for homicide survivors/co-victims attending court who are not witnesses for the state
  • Support Groups in North Carolina
  • Memorial Events
  • Civil Assistance resources




Who does the Homicide Advocacy Program serve?


  • According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation 637 lives were taken by homicide in 2017.
  • Some studies estimate that for every homicide victim there are at least 10 homicide survivors/co-victims from the research of T. Holmes (2004, November). Life After Death. Black Enterprise, 35(4), 184.
  • A homicide survivor/co-victim is anyone impacted by the death of a homicide.
  • Homicide survivors/co-victims can be: Parents, Siblings, Spouses/Partners, Children, Extended Family Members, Grandparents, Friends
NCVAN is here for ALL homicide survivors/co-victims




Can NCVAN help me with the court process?


Yes. NCVAN offers Court Accompaniment for Loved Ones. Because attending the trial can be taxing, isolating and confusing, it’s nice having someone there to offer additional support by being present. NCVAN victim advocates and team members can attend court proceedings if requested. Please be advised that NCVAN staff is only there for support and is not able to act in any legal capacity for you or on your loved ones’ behalf. NCVAN volunteers have assembled court care kits for loved ones attending court. These “kits” typically include: tissues, chap stick, hand sanitizer, gum or mints. Court benches are hard and uncomfortable. Our volunteers crafted seat cushions to make court just a little more bearable. If you’re interested in any of these services or if you have questions about the court process in general please contact our main number so you can speak to a victim advocate. 1-919-831-2857 or 1-800-348-5068




How can NCVAN help with travel expenses related to court?


NCVAN acknowledges not only the mental and emotional toll that attending court can take but also the financial toll. NCVAN offers financial support for homicide survivors/co-victims who are attending court. If a homicide survivor/co-victim is NOT attending court as a witness for the prosecution, they can qualify for reimbursement. Reimbursement for:

  • Air or Ground Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Related Parking Fees
  • Related Toll Fees
In order to receive financial support by reimbursement visit the VICTIM SERVICES REIMBURSEMENT page with application and reimbursement forms that must be completed fully and submitted to NCVAN. Typically the forms are completed by the appropriate District Attorney’s Office. For further information or inquiries on this program, call us at 919.831.2857 or 800.348.5068.




Is counseling available?


Homicide is a life altering event. We support seeking professional guidance as a result of the traumatic loss you have experienced. Only you will know if and when your’re ready for counseling or for peer support. Working with a counselor who has specialized training in complicated grief and traumatic loss may be helpful. NCVAN works to ensure that these counselors are trauma informed. NCVAN can refer you to agencies or specific counselors in your area who are Trauma Informed and are willing to work with homicide survivors/co-victims. These counselors have been identified by NCVAN staff. Please contact our main number for referrals: 1-800-348-5068 or 1-919-831-2857.




What other support groups are available?


NCVAN recognizes that it can be helpful for loved ones to meet others experiencing complicated grief who may be able to offer support in ways that friends and family cannot. There are support groups in the state that specialize in homicide and NCVAN is working to expand this list. Buncombe County: Certified by NCVAN
Meets 2nd Tuesday each month at 7:00-8:30 p.m.
YWCA 185 S. French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC
Contact: Jean Parks 828-329-8306/ jparks@grandcreative.com Iredell County: Iredell Homicide Support Group for Survivors
Meets 3rd Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m.
Western Avenue Baptist Church 1206 Museum Rd, Statesville, NC
Contact: Sandy Davidson 704-528-0012 Wake County: Certified by NCVAN
Meets 1st Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m.
Loading Dock 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC
Contact: Scott Bass 919-760-5430/ scott@nc-van.org Guilford County: Hosted by Mothers Standing Against Gun Violence
Meets every other Thursday at 6:00 pm
Beloved Community Center 417 Arlington St, Greensboro, NC
Contact: Ingram Bell 336-587-1132/Face Book Page: Mothers Standing Against Violence Hosted by Kellin Foundation Meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 5:30-7:00 pm 2110 Golden Gate Dr, Greensboro, NC 27405 Contact: Caleb Turmel 336-641-2338/ caleb@kellinfoundation.org Mecklenburg County: Hosted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Victim Support Services
Meets 1st Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m.
CMPD Head Quarters 601 E. Trade St, Charlotte, NC
Contact: Shardal Rose 704-336-2364/ shardal.rose@cmpd.org If you would like additional information please contact Scott Bass, Director of Homicide Support Services at scott@nc-van.org or 919-831-2857 ext. 101.




Is there an online support group?


NCVAN is excited to announce the launch of a Monthly Online Support Group on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. facilitated by NCVAN staff member Scott Bass. If you would like additional information please contact Scott Bass, Director of Homicide Support Services at scott@nc-van.org or 1-919-831-2857 ext. 101. Registration is required and space is limited.




How can NCVAN help remember my Loved One?


NCVAN has a Crime Victim Memorial Garden in Downtown Raleigh. The garden is a place where homicide victims can be remembered. The names of those taken by homicide are inscribed on bricks that line the walkway of the garden. The garden provides a tranquil space for loved ones. If you wish to have a brick for your loved one placed in our garden, NCVAN will inscribe and place the brick(s) at no cost.




Where can I find more information on financial assistance?


The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NC DPS) offers Victim Services programs. For the State of North Carolina Victim Compensation Services, learn answers to Frequently Asked Questioned. To file a claim, fill out an Application availabe through NC DPS. *Please note that NCVAN is a different organization from the NCDPS Crime Victim Compensation. We’re happy to answer any general questions about their program but for any specific questions we recommend you contact them directly at 1-919-733-7974.




What events does NCVAN offer to help in my healing journey?


Annual Garden Memorial Service The Annual Garden Memorial Service occurs every year during Crime Victims Rights Week which is the 3rd week of April. Join us for our ceremony in the garden located at the corner of Lane and Wilmington Streets in Raleigh. Survivors of Homicide Victims Candlelight Vigil Our Candlelight Vigil is held in December in Raleigh at the State Capitol grounds (Eastside) located at 1 Edenton Street. Bring a photo of your loved one or some other memento. Join us as we lend support to each other and remember loved ones taken from us. Know Hope 5K Walk/Run Our Annual Crime Victims’ Memorial Community Walk/Run, in remembrance of homicide victims is a 5K Walk/Run held in September. Photographs of homicide victims are posted along the start/finish line. Children and leashed pets are welcome. Click on the EVENTS webpage to find out more.




What resources does NC VAN offer?


Resource below offer information on Court & Estates. Also, see our webpage of resources for Victims & Loved Ones.





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