Monday, August 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice awards over $5 million to Connecticut to help crime victims

The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime has awarded the state of Connecticut more than $5.64 million from the Crime Victims Fund for the state victim assistance and compensation programs.
“Victims of crime must never be ignored or forgotten,” said David Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, in a press release Monday. “While it is difficult to make victims whole again, it is gratifying that the hard work of this U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice and the federal courts has resulted in the distribution of this substantial amount of money to assist the healing of Connecticut’s victims.”
Federal criminal fines, penalty assessments, and bond forfeitures that are collected by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and U.S. Federal Courts are deposited into the Crime Victims Fund.
All states and territories then receive annual grants aimed at helping victims.  For more information, visit the Office for Victims of Crime's web site at
The Connecticut Judicial Branch's Office of Victim Services administers the state's crime victim assistance and compensation programs. 
The victim assistance program uses the funds to provide services to federal and state victims of crime, including rape, drunk driving, child abuse, and domestic violence. The victim compensation program reimburses victims for costs such as medical services, lost wages, mental health counseling and funeral expenses that are incurred as a result of a crime.  More information on Connecticut’s Office of Victim Services can be found at
The award to Connecticut this fiscal year is $4,498,821 for victim assistance, and $1,144,000 for victim compensation. 
- From an Aug. 13 press release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut

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