The National Center for Victims of Crime was approached by victims of past mass casualty crimes to establish a “National Compassion Fund.” The Fund will raise public donations which will be distributed directly to victims of future mass casualty crimes.
Find out more or donate to the National Compassion Fund
Having one centralized fund would spare victims the burden of sorting out offers from a wide range of charities while they are trying to recover from such traumatic events.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, as the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization serving all victims of crime—and also as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, is well prepared to administer such a fund. The National Center has a long history as an authority on how victims are compensated for loss. Its National Crime Victim Bar Association, whose members represent crime victims seeking justice in civil court, has unique expertise on how victims’ economic and non-economic damages are compensated through the civil courts.
After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the National Center launched Critical Choices, a series of 27 forums to help victims and their families understand and make the choices they were presented by the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. The National Center wrote a manual for attorneys, trained thousands of attorneys who had volunteered to represent victims pro bono before the fund, and participated in many of these trainings.
The National Center has also written substantive studies on crime victim compensation. (See more below.)
The administrative costs of a National Center-administered fund would be directly supported by private “anchor” sponsors, all funds donated by the public would be paid directly to victims, and applications would be closed off after a designated period of time so that victims could quickly receive their funds.
Victims of criminal mass casualties need financial assistance and support from experts in serving victims of crime. The National Center for Victims of Crime stands ready to meet that need.
Financial Resources for Victims
Learn more about victims' needs in the aftermath of crime:
|Repairing the Harm - A New Vision for Crime Victim Compensation in America |
Financial compensation for victims is a critical ingredient in repairing the harm caused by crime. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the nation responded immediately with a remarkable level of private and government support for the thousands of victims left behind. Repairing the Harm reflects on our approach to compensating the September 11 victims and explores how best to provide financial assistance to all crime victims.
|Making Restitution Real - Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection |
Restitution is a critical component of justice and recovery for victims after a crime. But what if it isn't collected? This report describes 5 successful restitution-collection programs in different states. Based on a 2010 Restitution Roundtable of experts in Washington, DC, it offers several models for improving the collection of victim restitution.
Making Restitution Real: Toolkit
Practical resources and best-practice models for professionals aiming to improve restitution collection in their communities.
|Civil Justice for Victims of Crime |
What is the civil justice system? How does it differ from the criminal system? This brochure walks victims, advocates, and others through the civil justice system, including reasons for pursuing a civil suit, how the civil system works, its strengths and limitations, and what to expect throughout the process.