Victims Services

The Victims Services Team in the Division of Programs and Services administers grants, coordinates training, provides technical assistance, implements statewide initiatives, develops best-practice resource materials, drafts and reviews policies, and supports victim-serving organizations throughout the Commonwealth. Victims Services staff also assist individuals and communities impacted by mass casualty events through victim assistance emergency response.

Victims Crisis Assistance and Response Team (VCART)

The Code of Virginia requires the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Virginia Victims Fund (officially the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund) to be the lead coordinating agencies for crime victims during critical events and emergencies under emergency management plans. These plans have been developed by school boards, institutions of higher education, the Board of Health, the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, the Department of Emergency Management, and political subdivisions.

Staff also works closely with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Victims Fund, and others in the development of the “Family Assistance Center Plan.” DCJS responsibilities for the Plan include identifying and coordinating the availability of trained, experienced victim advocates to provide crisis intervention, grief counseling, and other services at a Family Assistance Center (FAC) and to primary and secondary victims.

Grant Funding

Training and Technical Assistance

  • Intersections of Violence Conference
  • Basic & Advanced Program Management Training
  • Regional Victims Services Training
  • Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault
  • Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence
  • Regional Trainings: Enhancing Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
  • Campus & Community SART Collaboration
  • Grant Application Training
  • Group Crisis Intervention Practice Sessions