CalVCB Awarded $4 Million Grant for San Bernardino Terrorist Attack Victims
Sacramento, CA — The federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) today awarded the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) a $4 million grant for the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
The grant was made through OVC’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, which provides assistance for victims of terrorism or mass criminal violence.
“Crime victims often face a long road to recovery and may need different services over an extended period of time in order to heal,” said CalVCB Executive Officer Julie Nauman. “This grant will provide the needed resources to help victims recover from all aspects of this horrific crime and support an array of county programs critical to everyone’s recovery.”
In addition to covering medical treatment, mental health and funeral expenses and rehabilitation, the grant supports crisis counseling, post trauma recovery workshops, peer support training, crisis leadership training and identity theft protection for the victims of the attack. It will also fund community resiliency forums that provide education and resources to all who were impacted by the attack.
“These federal funds will help, but there is more work to do and I remain committed to working with the survivors, my regional partners and local officials to ensure that every survivor and family member has the resources they need to recover,” said Representative Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino).
On Dec. 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Since then, CalVCB has been assisting the victims of the attack and will continue to work closely with San Bernardino County in administering the grant to ensure the ongoing needs of the victims are comprehensively addressed.
For more information about CalVCB and benefits available to victims of crime, please visit the CalVCB website.
The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) 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. Last fiscal year, the program received nearly 50,000 applications and provided over $52 million in compensation to crime victims.
If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCB will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible expenses include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCB comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes, traffic offenses and federal funds.