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VICTIM SERVICE PRACTITIONERS

Resources for Victim Service Providers

Welcome victim service providers! NCVAN’s mission is to provide support and information for crime victims across our state and to advocate for their fair treatment. Please take advantage of the resources we have to offer you as a service provider. Please contact us if you’re interested in training opportunities with our organization, or if you’re interested in receiving free publications. Please call us at 1-800-348-5068 for more information.

Resources from NC VAN 

We've developed training manuals and partnered with other agencies to provide in-depth information to help victims. 

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InterAgency Council

 

The Victim Services Interagency Council of North Carolina (IAC) is a collaborative effort among victim service providers and allied professionals to remain knowledgeable of trends and issues that may inform the development of improved victim advocacy practices.  The IAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  

 

Each year the IAC hosts a memorial ceremony during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. If you would like more information about IAC, please contact elizabeth@nc-van.org at NCVAN. 

Resource

 

Our Surviving Violent Crime Handbook includes information about the criminal justice process and may help victims/survivors cope with a range of emotions resulting from the crime(s) perpetrated against them

Training

 

NCVAN’s Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy (the Academy) provides practitioners who work with victims of crime with an opportunity to receive 40 hours of substantial training to bolster their knowledge and experience, with nationally-recognized certification to reflect their growing expertise.

Victims' Rights Act

 

NCVAN has invested time breaking down the entire amendment in a way we think is easier for laypeople/crime victims to follow and to understand. This information can also be used by criminal justice officials as a quick reference that is plainly written and easy to navigate.​

North Carolina Resources

Address Confidentiality Program

Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking who have escaped abuse may be eligible to have their new address concealed from public records. View the Web site for more information.

Attorney Generals Office

The Attorney General website, through the Department of Justices, offers resources for victims. Find out more about Sexual Assault Kit Tracking, Victims Compensation, Restitution, and other victim advocacy organizations.

Court Calendar

The Administrative Office of the Courts offers a public information search of all public court dates, including criminal cases. This may be useful to victims who want to participate in the criminal justice process and want to verify the defendant's court date. Some domestic violence cases (for civil charges) may not be listed.

 

Crime Victim Compensation

Victims Compensation Services reimburses citizens who suffer medical expenses and lost wages due to being an innocent victim of a crime committed in North Carolina. Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and drunk driving, as well as the families of homicide victims, are eligible to apply for financial help.

Criminal Justice Process
The criminal justice process is a world that can be difficult for many victims to navigate, and television programs set within the criminal justice system often lead viewers to believe that the process is quick and clean, further adding to victim frustration. Click to learn more about the criminal justice process.

 

Criminal Appeals Process
After defendants are convicted of a crime, they have the right to appeal the conviction. Practitioners may want to familiarize themselves with this process to help victims.

DPS Offender Search
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers a public information search of offenders. This may be useful to view an offender’s arrest, conviction, probation, or parole status.

Governor's Crime Commission

Oversees "federal funds, along with state-appropriated funds, are distributed to state and local criminal justice agencies and non-profits through a grant application process."

NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NCCAHT)

The coalition's mission is the eradicate human trafficking in North Carolina.  NCCAHT website includes information for providers, law enforcement, and government agencies.

NC Conference of District Attorneys

The Conference of District Attorneys was established in North Carolina to provide Prosecution Support, Executive Development, Research, and Public Outreach. 

NC General Statutes Search

Search through the North Carolina General Assembly's statues to understand more about the statues around crimes and victims' rights.

NC Health Info

The wealth of knowledge offers an understanding of free and discounted health services and advice around health insurance questions.

Restitution Information

Defendants are sometimes ordered to pay restitution to victims of their criminal acts as a condition of their probation. This link to NC General Statute 15A-1340.38 contains information about the enforcement of certain orders for restitution.

SAVAN
NC SAVAN is a program that notifies victims/survivors of crimes of the status of the offender's location who committed the crime. If the offender is moved to another facility, is set to be released, or escapes, automatic notifications are sent to the victim/survivor.

Survivor to Survivor (Domestic Violence Resource)

A comprehensive resource for people abused by their intimate partners.

Sex Offender Registry
This link is to the NC Sex Offender Registry with the Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office makes this information available “for purposes of protecting the public, for keeping them informed and for allowing them to take proactive measures to ensure safety in their communities.”

National Resource Links