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Crime Victim Services Fiscal 2012 Annual Report

Crime Victim Services Fiscal 2012 Annual Report

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Published by Mike DeWine
Crime Victim Services Fiscal 2012 Annual Report
Crime Victim Services Fiscal 2012 Annual Report

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Dear Colleagues,
Through the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Fund, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office helps individuals and
families affected by violent crime with the emotional and financial consequences of their experience.The fund, of co
urse, is more than the sum of its awards. It’s one way
to help people who have been impacted bycrime.A family member of a drunk driving 
victim told us the award ―has meant everything to his recovery.‖ A
victim of 
domestic violence said, ―I just want to thank you for helping me. My life has changed so much.‖ And a providerof victim services praised our Cleveland office’s ―flexibility and willingness to help‖ after a shooting incident.
 Since its inception in 1976, the fund has paid more than $327 million in compensation to victims of violentcrime in Ohio. Our office received 6,319 requests for compensation in fiscal 2012 and paid an average of $2,714 per claim. The Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Fund assists victims and their families in recovering expenses that include, but are not limited to, medical expenditures, lost wages, funeral costs, and futureeconomic support for dependents of a homicide victim.In addition to monetary assistance, the Crime Victim Services Section regularly helps victims and their familiesaccess state and local resources beyond the core programs the section oversees. The staff trained andeducated more than 11,000 people in diverse topics such as victim compensation, VINE (Victim Information andNotification Everyday), elder abuse, domestic violence, cybercrimes, bullying, sexual assault, and child abuse.The Grant Unit provides funding to worthy programs across the state, ensuring that victims have access toresources when they desperately need assistance. When victims or their families contact our office for help thatis beyond the scope of our programs, they are treated with compassion and empathy and directed to localentities for additional follow-up.My office has worked with the General Assembly to remove barriers and expand eligibility in the program. At the
same time, we have looked for ways to safeguard the compensation fund’s future solvency. The Ohio Victims of 
Crime Compensation Fund has helped many vulnerable Ohioans harmed by violent crime begin to recover andrebuild their lives. We are committed to assisting victims of crime today and exercising good stewardship of thefund on behalf of Ohioans who will need it tomorrow.Very respectfully yours,Mike DeWineOhio Attorney General
 
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Introduction
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.
Grants Unit
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.
These programs’
innovative approaches pull together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective service, medical and mental health workers, and victim advocacy onto one coordinatedteam. 

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