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Report Highlights Statistics on Victim Service Providers Nationwide

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released Services for Crime Victims, 2019. This report presents statistics from the first-ever National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP), which collected detailed information about the victim services field in 2019.

This report presents statistics on five types of victim service providers (VSPs) that provided crime victims assistance in 2019: nonprofit or faith-based; governmental; hospital, medical, or emergency; campus; and Tribal.

It also examines, by all VSPs and VSP type, the average number of services provided, type of services most commonly provided, gaps in services, and organizations that commonly referred victims to VSPs for assistance.

In 2019—

  • About 51 percent of VSPs were nonprofit or faith-based, 42 percent were governmental, 3 percent were hospital, medical, or emergency, and 2 percent each were campus and Tribal.
  • Tribal VSPs provided the most types of services to victims on average (32 percent), followed by nonprofit or faith-based VSPs (29 percent); hospital, medical, or emergency (22 percent); governmental (24 percent); and campus VSPs (24 percent).
  • About three-quarters of VSPs (71 percent) assisted victims with filing for a restraining, protection, or no-contact orders.
  • Three-quarters of VSPs (75 percent) provided immediate or emergency safety planning to victims.

The 2019 data collection is the first administration of the NSVSP. The Bureau of Justice Statistics, with support from OVC, conducted the NSVSP through a cooperative agreement with Westat under award number 2017-VF-GX-K128.

Read the report

Date Published: October 6, 2021