The Crime Victims Compensation Act establishes a fund, which pays certain compensation and medical benefits to innocent victims of crime. The program is administered by the West Virginia Court of Claims. They enact and enforce consistent and fundamental rights for crime victims while providing the victims with access to comprehensive and quality services. Moreover, we strive to support, improve and replicate promising practices in victims rights and services and to ensure that the voices of crime victims play a central role in the state's response to violence.
Phone: (304) 291-7286
West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to end personal and institutional violence in the lives of women, children and men. We commit ourselves to the work of building a non-profit coalition among domestic violence service providers by promoting communication, support, and networking that will ensure the availability of comprehensive quality services. We agree that a priority of resources shall be to ensure that victims of domestic violence, both within and without shelters, shall have access to adequate direct and preventive services.
Victim support and advocacy may be needed at many different stages, from immediately after the crime occurs to days, weeks, or even months or years later.
A victim advocate from a local rape crisis center can provide free and confidential information, referrals and emotional support after a sexual assault. These services include helping you identify any immediate concerns related to your safety and medical care, as well as support at the hospital during a forensic medical exam and throughout any criminal justice proceedings. An advocate's role is to provide information (on such issues as preserving evidence, reporting options, the forensic medical examinations, HIV risk, etc.) so that you can make informed decisions and to support you in those decisions. Additionally, an advocate can connect you with other services, including support groups and supportive resources for close friends and family members.