The mission of the Wyoming Division of Victim Services (DVS) is to cultivate social change and access to victim services through the provision of resources, education, and program support and development. DVS provides awareness, education, and technical support to programs serving victims of crime and to the general public. DVS supports legislative, judicial, and social reforms beneficial to crime victims.
The DVS Program Management Team (PMT) is an essential part of achieving the mission of the Division of Victim Services. The PMT administers federal and state funds and provides technical assistance to support service delivery for victim service providers as well as administering special programs that enhance victim services providers throughout the state according to federal and state statutes. The PMT commitment and strength lies in the success of victim service providers and are dedicated to providing the tools and resources to maximize their accomplishments.
DVS administers the Wyoming Crime Victim Compensation Program (WCVCP) that provides financial assistance to hundreds of victims each year. Benefits are awarded for out-of-pocket expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, and counseling costs related to emotional and physical injury suffered by the victim and the victims family as a direct result of a crime. The program does not compensate victims for damaged or stolen property. The WCVCP is funded solely through fines and fees paid by criminal offenders in district, circuit, and some municipal courts throughout Wyoming, and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds, a federal grand that is funded by fines and fees paid by offenders in federal court.
Since the passage of Wyoming's Victims Bill of Rights in 1991, victim service providers and criminal justice agencies have worked to enforce and ensure these rights.