State Office of Victim Assistance

 
General Information
Description of ProgramThe State Office of Victim Assistance provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime in South Carolina who meet certain eligibility requirements. The Crime Victim's Compensation Fund is a financial assistance program which helps victims with expenses directly resulting from a crime that are not covered by other payment sources. Examples of costs that may be reimbursed by the fund, after review, are: medical costs, counseling, lost wages/lost support, and burial bills for a deceased victim if proper documentation is submitted. Property loss, property damage, and crime scene clean up are NOT covered. The application for assistance must be signed by a parent or guardian if the victim is under 18 years of age.

The Sexual Assault Protocol (SAP)/Child Abuse Protocol (CAP) Program provides payment, directly, to medical providers for sexual assault evidence collection exams, vulnerable adult and child maltreatment evidence collection exams. Forensic interviews for child abuse victims are covered when conducted by an approved interviewer and there is an incident report on file under the Sexual Assault Protocol (SAP)/Child Abuse Protocol (CAP) Program, as well.

The agency also provides literature, community education, and professional trainings on topics related to victims' rights and services. The goal of these services is to ensure that South Carolina's crime victims receive quality services at all levels of the criminal justice system.
LocationRichland
Geographic AreaStatewide
Public TransportationLocal bus/public transportation for Richland/Lexington Counties
Facility/ADA AccessAn entrance/exit ramp and automatic doors are located in the back of the Edgar Brown Building. Four elevators in the foyer give access to all floors. Parking is available at the meters surrounding the Capital Complex.
Intake ProcedureVictims must fill out a Crime Victim's Compensation Application and attach a copy of their incident report. Call to request a Crime Victims' Compensation Application or download one from the agency's website.
Funded ByFederal and Restitution
 
Client Information
Intended ParticipantsVictims of crime when the crime occurs within the State of South Carolina regardless of where the victim lives. The crime must have been reported to law enforcement.In addition, the State Office of Victim Assistance provides training to service providers, law enforcement, victims' advocates and community groups.

In addition, the State Office of Victim Assistance provides training to service providers, law enforcement, victims' advocates and community groups.
Languages SpokenEnglish
EligibilityApplication must be approved by the State Office of Victim Assistance per the following criteria:-Crime must have occurred in the State of South Carolina within the last 4 years. -Victim must have been directly injured physically or emotionally.-Victim must not have been engaged in any illegal activity at the time of the crime.-Victim must not have initiated, provoked, caused, or contributed to the incident.-Victim must cooperate with the State Office of Victim Assistance and law enforcement.-The crime must be reported to law enforcement within 48 hours from the time of the incident. (This can be waived with just cause.)-Claim must have been filed within 180 days of the date of the incident. (This can be waived with just cause.)
 
Availability
Hours of OperationOffice hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
 
Contact Information
Contact's NameMs. Ethel Douglas Ford, CPM
Contact's PositionDeputy Director
Contact's Phone(803) 734-1704; fax (803) 734-1708
Physical Site Address 11205 Pendleton Street
Physical Site Address 2Edgar A. Brown Building, Room 401
Physical Site City, State, ZipColumbia, SC 29201
Main Phone(803) 734-1900
Other PhoneToll-free: (800) 220-5370 for VICTIMS ONLY
Fax(803) 734-1708
Program Emailsova@oepp.sc.gov
Web Addresswww.sova.sc.gov
 
Director Information
Director's NameMr. Larry Barker, PhD
Director's PositionDirector
Director's Phone(803) 734-1900
 
Affiliated Agency and Services
Affiliated Agency:
State Office of Victim Assistance
This Program: State Office of Victim Assistance
Affiliated Services: Medical Expenses
Medication & Drug Assistance
Mental Health Counseling
Staff/Professional Training