Victims and their families must deal with the emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The compensation program helps innocent victims and their families when they have no other means of paying for the financial cost of crime. The compensation program is funded by the Division of Victim Services. The money in the fun Crime Victims Compensation Fund comes from people who break the law.
National research studies indicate that restitution is one of the most significant factors affecting the satisfaction of victims with the criminal justice process. Restitution is a concept of personal accountability for the consequences of one's conduct, and the allied notion that the person who causes the damage should bear the cost.
DVS coordinates financial recovery through restitution to assure the maximum amount of monies are collected or recovered on behalf of eligible victims for the Crime Victims Compensation Program.
The DVS Program Management Team (PMT) is an essential part of achieving the mission of the Division of Victim Services. The PMT administers federal and state funds and provides technical assistance to support service delivery for victim service providers as well as administering special programs that enhance victim services providers throughout the state according to federal and state statutes. The PMT commitment and strength lies in the success of victim service providers and are dedicated to providing the tools and resources to maximize their accomplishments.
DVS administers the Wyoming Crime Victim Compensation Program (WCVCP) that provides financial assistance to hundreds of victims each year. Benefits are awarded for out-of-pocket expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, and counseling costs related to emotional and physical injury suffered by the victim and the victims family as a direct result of a crime. The program does not compensate victims for damaged or stolen property. The WCVCP is funded solely through fines and fees paid by criminal offenders in district, circuit, and some municipal courts throughout Wyoming, and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds, a federal grand that is funded by fines and fees paid by offenders in federal court.