About nc van
Through advocacy, training, and technical assistance, North Carolina Victim Assistance Network supports the rights and well-being of surviving loved ones of homicide victims and others harmed by violent crime in North Carolina.
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:
Help victims understand the investigative/criminal process.
Refer victims to specialized trauma-informed counseling services.
Provide peer support though our Homicide Support Group.
Help victims navigate other systems/processes such as victim’s compensation, estate probate, funeral service, and insurance, to name a few.
Provide post-trial advocacy especially if/when an incarcerated offender is considered for release/parole.
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. Working to ensure victim compensation laws include victims of DWI.
3. 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.
4. Supporting victims of violent crime through direct advocacy services such as trauma-informed counseling and homicide support groups.
5. Hosting community training events on topics that empower the general public, increase safety and strengthen communities.