State Crime Victim Compensation Programs: Clients' Perceptions of Policies, Processes and Outcomes

Jake Rosenfeld, The Urban Institute
John Hunsaker, The Urban Institute
Lisa Newmark, The Urban Institute

ABSTRACT
State Compensation Programs, funded in part by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), provide financial assistance to victims of crime for losses not covered by other sources of payment. As part of an ongoing project evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of VOCA-funded services, researchers at the Urban Institute and SANDAG surveyed 500 compensation claimants across six states. This paper presents the overall findings from the survey, and assess state specific findings in relation to various state policies. This research provides a better understanding of the general effectiveness of state compensation programs and the specific effects of state policy on compensation programs. The implications for future policy are discussed.

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Updated 05/20/2006