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Victims of Crime

In 2007 U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced an estimated 23 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey.  Of these victimizations, approximately 23 percent (5 million) were crimes of violence; approximately 76 percent (17.5 million) were property crimes; and approximately 1 percent was personal thefts.

For FY 2008, Congress authorized OVC to spend $590 million for programs and $50 million for the Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve. In FY 2008, $171,349,000 will be awarded for victim compensation. The remainder goes for victim assistance, statutory set asides to support costs associated with victim specialist personnel in U.S. Attorneys' offices, victim specialists at the FBI, support for the Victim Notification System, and discretionary activities such as demonstration projects, training, technical assistance, program evaluation and compliance, fellowships, clinical internships, and other assistance to improve and expand the delivery of services to federal crime victims.

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