Law Enforcement's Role in Supporting Victims' Access to Compensation

About The Project

Law enforcement personnel play a critical role in the process of informing crime victims about available financial compensation programs. The National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB) reports that each year, state compensation programs are paying out close to $500 million annually to more than 200,000 victims. However, this figure pales in comparison to the estimated 1.16 million violent crimes reported to law enforcement in 2013. It appears that victim compensation may not be reaching all victims in need.
The primary goal of the project is to develop and deliver training, technical assistance, and resources to law enforcement to support crime victims’ access to compensation. Additionally, the project emphasizes an understanding of the current state of practice to identify gaps in the process attributable to law enforcement such as ensuring that investigative reports are filed in a timely manner and include the information necessary to meet state eligibility requirements.

The Partners

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Police Foundation, and funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, will improve law enforcement’s knowledge and understanding of victim compensation and the programs/requirements in their respective states so that they can responsibly inform victims of available resources.

The Objectives

  • Conduct a survey of state crime victim compensation board directors and law enforcement agencies to determine gaps in current practice and support the development of appropriate data informed resources
  • Convene an advisory committee to review results of the scan of practice and guide the development of training videos and project resources
  • Develop three short instructional videos for law enforcement to be used in a variety of training settings with accompanying companion curriculum guides for each
  • Create customizable tip cards to educate law enforcement about the elements necessary for investigative reports to promote the success rate of claims filed by victims
  • Create customizable templates for tri-fold brochures to be distributed to victims that agencies can adapt for their own use
  • Provide technical assistance to requesting law enforcement agencies to aid in the adoption and implementation of project deliverables
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan to distribute information about the training and other project resources to the law enforcement field


For more information please contact Project Manager William Petty at or 800-843-4227 ext. 398.  


This document was produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police under Cooperative Agreement No. 2015-VF-GX-K006, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.