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Victim's Assistance
 
A victim is defined as a person who suffers personal injury or death proximately caused by criminally injurious conduct occurring on or after August 13, 1987, which a) by its nature, poses a serious threat of personal injury or death, and b) is punishable by a fine of imprisonment or death, and c) does not result from a violation of the motor vehicle laws except in conduct related to Driving While Impaired and Hit and Run, and d) acts of terrorism on NC Residents while outside the USA.

Within the state of North Carolina, victims may have assistance available at what can be categorized into three phases. Phase One is when a victim is compensated to cover medical expenses, lost wages, domestic violence household support loss and/or replacement services. During this phase, compensation is not only for the victim, but a dependant of a deceased victim, a legal representative of victim, or a third person who provided benefit to the victim. The North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Commission may be contacted for more information regarding this program. You may contact them by

Mail: Division of Victim and Justice Services
4703 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4703
Phone: 800-826-6200
Website: http://www.nccrimecontrol.org/


In Phase Two, the victim(s) and/or families may be provided with assistance for the financial burden from attending the trial or sentencing hearing of the defendant. The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network may be contacted for more information. You may contact them by

Mail: North Carolina Victim Assistance Network
505 Oberlin Road, Suite 551
Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone: 919-831-2857
Email: dpncvan@bellsouth.net


In Phase Three, victims are informed when offenders are sentenced in court to a prison term or placed on probation or released on parole or post-release supervision. The Department of Corrections Victim Services aims to advance the rights of victims through advocacy, information and resources with a commitment to providing assistance that exemplifies the respect and dignity victims deserve. You may contact the Department of Corrections by

Mail: NC Department of Corrections - Citizen Services
PO Box 4223 MSC
Raleigh, NC 27699-4223
Phone: 800-368-1985
Website: http://www.doc.nc.us/victimservices/
 
 
 
   
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