A common impediment to recovering money for victims of sexual abuse or other violent crimes is that a perpetrator may not have money or assets. The Tort Victim Compensation Fund (TVCF) was established in 1987 to provide compensation to individuals who have been injured but have been unable to collect on their personal injury or wrongful death judgments because the tortfeasor had no insurance coverage or other funds to pay the judgment. The TVCF is funded by punitive damage awards in civil case but it has been underfunded since its creation. In the last few years, payouts have been only $0.34 to $0.44 on the dollar for a judgment and the total available in the fund each year has ranged from $2 million to $5 million. T his year, however, after a $2.1 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson became final, $480 million dollars from the punitive damages award was paid into this fund. This is an incredible opportunity for crime victims to access much deserved financial
A recent news article discusses the findings of a study showing women who have experienced sexual violence are more likely to develop disruptions to blood flow in the brain. The study found that women who experience sexual violence might face more than the physical injuries sustained during the attack and other known mental health consequences like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression. They may also have a higher risk of a certain type of brain disease that's a precursor for dementia and stroke . This research has important implications for women's overall health and identifying early warning signs of stroke and dementia. Women who have been sexually traumatized are encouraged to share this information with their health care providers.
Trauma-informed conversations can be difficult for everyone involved. This is a great article with several things to keep in mind when wading into hard conversations with survivors. How to Have Trauma-Informed Conversations with Survivors of Domestic Violence – California Health Report (calhealthreport.org)