Our Mission

A Voice for Victims. A Foundation for Hope.

"We support crime victims who are often overlooked by the system. We've been through what they are going through, and we know they shouldn't have to go through it alone." Harriet C. Salarno Chair, Crime Victims United Charitable Foundation [/note]

About Us

The Crime Victims United Charitable Foundation provides direct assistance and support to victims of crime and their families, while helping to prevent future victims by working with children and youth and supporting law enforcement nationwide. CVUCF’s supporters include crime victims and their families, victims’ advocates, law enforcement organizations and others who are determined to reverse the trend of violence in our society and help heal the personal and societal wounds caused by violent crime. CVUCF is a non-profit, 501(c)3 public benefit corporation, and contributions are tax deductible.

We Give Back

CVUCF provides victims and their families emotional and financial support, educational resources and guidance through the complex criminal justice and victim compensation systems. CVUCF also offers educational seminars, monthly support groups, guidance in the parole hearing process, and memorial service support to victims’ families.

Since its founding in 1990, Crime Victims United’s mission has been to support and strengthen public safety, promote balance in the criminal justice system, and protect the rights of victims.

CVU’s goals include:

  • Strengthen sentencing laws for violent criminals
  • Create a safer, more effective criminal rehabilitation and re-entry system
  • Establish and protect fundamental rights for crime victims and their families
  • Assist victims and their families in restoring their lives

Crime Victims United is working to ensure balance in our criminal justice system so that those needing counseling and a helping hand receive it, and those seeking only violence and harm remain off our streets.

It’s Crime Victims United’s passion that all families, regardless of ethnicity, income level, age, or any other factor, are able to enjoy drug-free, crime-free, and worry-free neighborhoods.


Influencing Public Policy

Crime Victims United Issue/Advocacy staff works daily to shape policy decisions that affect public safety budgets, sentencing and parole laws, or victims and their families. With strong relationships among policymakers, Crime Victims United evaluates, monitors, and influences hundreds of legislative measures every year.

  • Advising elected officials on public safety legislation;
  • Rallying victims and their families to let their voices be heard on public policy;
  • Working for stronger parole oversight/monitored re-entry by parolees into society;
  • Educating judges, district attorneys and others on changes to victims’ rights laws;
  • Passing or defeating various ballot measures; and,
  • Conducting seminars, special events, and a yearly “Victims’ March on the Capitol.”

Restoring Shattered Lives

Crime Victims United’s non-profit foundation helps victims and their families cope with their loss and move their lives forward. The Foundation has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to crime victims, including college scholarships to children who have lost parents or other loved ones due to violent crime.

  • providing college scholarships for victims and their children;
  • giving legal assistance to battered and abused women;
  • piloting a nationally renowned program “Victim to Victory,” helping victims restore their lives to a meaningful path;
  • guiding victims’ families through the complex criminal justice system, often providing pro-bono representation in the parole hearing process; and,
  • representing crime victims in the national and state press.