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To date, Crime Victims Fund (Fund) dollars have always come from offenders convicted of federal crimes, not from taxpayers. Information on the Fund is available from the OVC Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet. For additional information, visit the Victim Compensation section of our website.

All states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds through the OVC to support compensation programs for crime victims.

Although each state compensation program is administered independently, most programs have similar eligibility requirements and offer comparable benefits. Compensation is paid only when other financial resources, such as private insurance and offender restitution, do not cover the loss. Some expenses are not covered by most compensation programs, including theft, damage, and property loss. State compensation programs are not required to compensate victims in terrorism cases. More information on OVC guidelines for victim compensation is available in the Victims of Crime Act Victim Compensation Program Guidelines.

For additional information, please contact your State Victim Compensation Program.

Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Statistics section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service's Missing Children Special Feature.

For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

Statistics on homicides committed with a handgun are available in the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 and in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Crime in the United States reports. See the "Expanded Offense Data" section of each year's Crime in the United States report to view available data on weapons used in homicides, including data specific to murders committed with a handgun.

Information on the economic loss to victims can be found in Criminal Victimization in the United States: Statistical Tables from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

An extensive range of services and resources is available to help crime victims obtain justice and heal. Review What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, the Help for Victims section of our site, and the Victim Rights and Services section of our website for information.

Victim compensation eligibility is determined by each State Victim Compensation Program.

For additional information, visit the Victim Compensation section of our website.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Contact the hotline toll free at 800–656–HOPE or use the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline

For additional information, visit the Sexual Assault section of our website.

When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report, contains helpful information for families about what to do when a child is missing.

For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has created A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping, which provides information about and guidance on what to do if an international parental kidnapping has occurred.

Also, the U.S. Department of State has an International Parental Child Abduction page to assist the parent of an abducted child. Assistance may also be obtained from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website.