Protection Program for Victims/Witnesses of Violent Crime
The Protection Program for Victims/Witnesses of Violent Crime (PPVVC) is administered by the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS may make funds available to Missouri law enforcement agencies to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of victims/witnesses of violent crime and their family members if their testimony might subject them to danger or bodily injury. These services may continue so long as such danger exists.
Participation in the PPVVC is restricted to law enforcement agencies only. The PPVVC program operates on a reimbursement basis only; in order to be reimbursed the law enforcement agency must first pay/obligate funds. Claims for reimbursement are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The amount and availability of funds for the PPVVC are contingent upon appropriations provided by the General Assembly or funds from the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), Victims of Crime Assistance Program (VOCA).