Supplemental crime victim compensation and crime victim assistance following mass violence or domestic terrorism incidents.
AEAP is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and crime victim assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act must be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction's or program's ability to respond to the event. AEAP funds, which can be retroactive to the date of the incident, can assist with crisis response in the initial aftermath of an event; help victims adapt, restore their equilibrium, and deal with the consequences of the event; and facilitate victim participation in the judicial process. AEAP is also designed to supplement state crime victim compensation administrative agencies in the reimbursement of victims for out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, training and technical assistance funds are available to identify resources, assess needs, coordinate services to victims, and develop strategies for responding to an event. Applicants should consider the full range of both compensation and assistance program funds when requesting funding. Justification for all funding must demonstrate that AEAP funds will support victims of the event and prospective grantees will identify victim-related expenses. OVC may provide a consultant to help support the applicant with the application process. The prospective grantee and OVC will collaborate to refine the application prior to the final application submission.