Victim Service Agency Awarded for Effectively Reaching Victims
Communications Ensure Victims Receive Help
Sacramento, CA—Today, Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board Executive Officer Julie Nauman congratulated the VCGCB Public Affairs Team for taking home four awards at the State Information Officers Council Annual Award Ceremony, where the best in government communications is celebrated.
“I am very proud of this team’s work. It is through their efforts that thousands of victims learn about helpful resources, find hope and healing, and are given a voice” said Nauman. At today’s board meeting, Nauman announced the team’s four “Excellence in State Government Communications” awards to the board members, executive staff, and audience members.
The team entered and placed in four award categories: Public-Private Partnership, Event, Technical Illustration or Infographic, and Social Media.
Public-Private Partnership: Gold
The team was awarded the Public-Private Partnership gold award based on the 2012 Suited for Success Drive, where the California Victim Compensation Program partnered with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence to host a 15-day clothing drive to benefit victims of domestic violence. Nearly 2,000 clothing items were distributed to three Northern California nonprofits: WEAVE, My Sister’s House, and the Domestic Violence Intervention Center. The donations supported survivors who were seeking to re-enter the workforce with attire suitable for interviews and the workplace.
The 2012 CVRM Victims’ Rights Rally took the gold award for the Event category with its poignant speakers and strong community involvement. Speakers and rally attendees gathered to share about victim services and victim needs, and to provide victims a platform to be heard. Last year’s speakers included Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency Anna Caballero, Senator (then Assemblymember) Marty Block, and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos. Four victims shared their personal stories of surviving from rape, assault, and the murder of family members. Rally attendees heard firsthand about painful loss, difficult recovery, and eventual healing.
Technical Illustration or Infographic: Gold
CalVCP’s 2012 Accomplishments Slideshow, viewed at last January’s all-staff meeting, took another gold award in the Technical Illustration or Infographic category for its effective visuals and information. This award acknowledges the team’s creative approach to create sophisticated visuals while displaying key data.
Social Media: Silver
Since the board’s launch into social media, its success and methods have been coveted by public and private groups alike. The silver award in Social Media speaks to the board’s leading example of how to utilize multiple platforms effectively, winning the loyalty of online followers both in and out of state government. Individuals and organizations energetically engage with CalVCP feeds because we provide timely content about relevant crime victim issues and resources. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Flickr. We are helping to create a new kind of victim services community online.
Nauman concluded her presentation to the board members, “This agency is committed to using all forms of communications and technologies to ensure victims are being heard, know their rights, and know of available services to help them in their time of need.”
CalVCP received more than 53,000 applications and provided more than $70 million in compensation to crime victims last fiscal year. Through the program, victims can be reimbursed for crime-related expenses including costs associated with funeral services, medical bills, mental health treatment, and relocation. Funding for CalVCP comes from federal grants and criminal restitution fines and not taxpayer dollars.
For additional information about CalVCP and resources, visit the CalVCP website at CalVCP.ca.gov.
The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter.
If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCP will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible services include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCP comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes and traffic offenses, and matching federal funds.