This report considers the feasibility of establishing a Victim Compensation Scheme (VCS) in South Africa. It begins by providing an overview of the nature and extent of violent crime in the country. This is considered critical to understanding the foundation for such a compensation scheme and for realistically costing such an endeavor. The report also briefly documents the economic, physical and psychological impacts of violent crime on its victims and discusses the services currently available to them.
CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute that seeks to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at the community, national and regional levels.