The National Center for Victims of Crime's vision emerged from one family's tragedy: in 1985, Ala Isham and Alexander Auersperg established the National Center for Victims of Crime, originally the Sunny Von Bulow National Victim Advocacy Center. Motivated by their mother's victimization and their family's traumatic experience with the criminal justice system, our founders believed it was fundamentally wrong that crime victims were often shut out of and "revictimized" by the very system that was supposed to help them. They wanted to redefine what justice for crime victims means by giving them a voice in the criminal justice system.
Since those early days, the National Center for Victims of Crime has become the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for victims of all types of crime and for the people who serve them. They have played a critical role in shaping the national discussion on the impact of crime and what victims need in order to recover.
Today, The National Center for Victims of Crime
is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. After more than 25 years, they remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims' rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.
The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to -- and working on behalf of -- crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization's work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.