The Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Fund was created in 1976 to help ease the financial impact inflicted
on innocent victims of violent crime. Until July 1, 2000, primary responsibility for the fund’s oversight rested with
the Court of Clai
ms of Ohio. The Attorney General’s Office made recommendations to the court concerning
applications for reparations, and the court rendered the decisions. Responsibility for the fund was transferred to
the Attorney General’s Office on July 1, 2000, and oth
er benefits have been added through legislation over theyears. This transfer has resulted in a less bureaucratic system, a more streamlined compensation process, and,most importantly, faster financial assistance to victims. The benefits of these changes can be seen in thestatistics provided within this report.
In addition to the compensation program, the Crime Victim Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office
administers state and local grants, conducts training, and provides education. While Ohio Revised Code Section2743.69 requires only an annual report regarding the compensation program, we are proud of the other exciting things that our section accomplished in fiscal 2012, and as such have included a brief summary of those itemsas well. (Please note that the Missing Persons Unit and the Identity Theft Passport Unit, which also operatedwithin this section in fiscal 2012, have their own statutorily required annual reports, so their information is notincluded here.) This report covers the period from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
The Grants Unit of the Crime Victim Services Section administers state and federal grants to victim serviceproviders. These State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) and federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants are made up
of funds from court costs and fees, not taxpayer dollars. Recipients generally include battered women’s shelters,
rape crisis centers, prosecutor-based victim/witness programs, special advocates for child victims, and othersimilar governmental and nonprofit agencies that provide direct services to crime victims. In all, 274 victimservice providers throughout Ohio received 207 SVAA and 244 VOCA grants totaling more than $17 million forthe 2012-
13 grant year.These programs serve hundreds of thousands of Ohio crime victims each year, providing support and guidanceat a time when they are most vulnerable. New grant recipients this year included Athens County Child AdvocacyCenter, A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center, The Childr
en’s Center of Medina County, and the Child Advocacy
Center of Warren County. All of these programs are specialized programs serving children who have beenphysically or sexually abused.
innovative approaches pull together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective service, medical and mental health workers, and victim advocacy onto one coordinatedteam.