INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF August 12, 2017
In response to the events of August 12th the Office of Victim and Witness Assistance for the City of Charlottesville would like to ensure that people who have been injured are aware that they may be eligible for assistance. Many people who were victims of crime on the 12th have been in contact with our office or the police, but there may be many other people who have not. We want to make sure that everyone knows of the resources that are available to crime victims through our Victim and Witness Assistance Program.
Our program serves as a source of information and resources for crime victims, whether or not they choose to make a report to the police. Victims who want more information about the process of reporting a crime, have questions about our services, or need referrals to community resources may call our office for help at 970-3176.
Our specially trained staff has been in contact with many of the victims of crime from August 12th. We would like to make sure that all victims from the 12th are aware of two funding options.
National Compassion Fund
The National Compassion Fund provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of a mass crime, such as a shooting or terrorist attack. It has been developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with victims and family members from past mass casualty crimes, including those from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek Temple, NIU, Columbine, and 9/11. The National Center for Victims of Crime, in close collaboration with the City of Charlottesville, has opened the National Compassion Fund Charlottesville to support those injured and killed in the terror attack on Saturday, August 12. The National Compassion Fund is a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly and is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country with 100% of all donations going directly to victims and their families. Victims or family members of August 12th, 2017 can sign up for the fund at: http://nationalcompassionfund.org/funds/charlottesville-contact/ . Those who would like to donate to this fund that goes directly to victims of August 12, 2017 should go to: http://nationalcompassionfund.org/
Virginia Victim Fund
This special fund was established in Virginia to pay for qualifying expenses of victims who suffer personal physical injury, emotional injury, or death as a result of a violent crime and are willing to participate in the criminal justice process, if needed. It can cover up to $25,000 in medical expenses, mental health expenses, lost wages and some other crime-related expenses that total over $100. It will not cover costs for pain and suffering or property loss. Please contact our office for assistance with filing a claim.
Victims who have not yet been in contact with the Charlottesville Police Department or the Victim and Witness Assistance Program are encouraged to call our office for more information.