November 17, 2004
Matiashowski said, "This honor is bestowed upon Susan for her tireless work in furthering the goals of the national organization. She always performs her duties in an exemplary fashion and I'm proud she was elected to this significant post."
Every state and U.S. Territory, along with several foreign countries have a victim compensation program that provides substantial financial assistance to crime victims and their families. The State of Alaska's program was established in 1972 and was Alaska's initial effort to assist crime victims. In the first year, Alaska's program received 14 applications for assistance. Today the program annually receives nearly 1,000 new claims and requests statewide.
In 1977, the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards was founded to promote the exchange of information and ideas through a network of victim compensation programs. The association advances better methods for serving crime victims through various training and technical assistance activities, helping its members establish sound administrative practices, achieve fiscal stability and engage in effective outreach, communication and advocacy.
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