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Victim Service Providers in the United States, 2017

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2019
7 pages
Barbara A. Oudekerk; Heather Warnken; Lynn Langton
Publication Type
Statistics, Report (Technical Assistance), Report (Annual/Periodic)
Findings are presented from the 2017 National Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP), the first nationwide data collection on VSPs, which asked organizations whether they had served crime victims in the 6 months prior to the survey (October 2016 - July 2017), VSP location, and type of organization.
The rate of VSPs ranged from about 2 VSPs per 100,000 U.S. residents in Florida and New Jersey, to almost 15 VSPs per 100,000 U.S. residents in Wyoming and the District of Columbia. Six states (Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming) and the District of Columbia had 8 or more VSPs per 100,000 U.S. residents. Almost 90 percent of VSPs were non-profit or faith-based organizations (45 percent) or governmental agencies with staff or programs that serve crime victims (43 percent). Most governmental VSPs operated in prosecutors' officers (18 percent of all VSPs) or law enforcement agencies (15 percent). Hospital, medical, or emergency facilities with dedicated victim programs composed 3 percent of VSPs. Approximately 2 percent of VSPs were in tribal organizations; and about 2 percent of VSPs were on university or college campuses or other educational institutions. 3 maps and 4 tables
Date Created: November 26, 2019