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The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—

  • Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
  • Support  professionals who  provide direct services  to victims;
  • Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.

The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210.
The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 249924.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
OVC Publishing Guidelines, Fourth Edition (July 2016) OVC, NCJ 249930.
This guide describes the criteria you must follow when preparing all types of OVC communication products for publication. It includes guidance on developing e-publications and producing multimedia products. Of special importance are submission deadlines and requirements (including file setup guidelines). Other topics include the publishing process, product types, writing tips, and legal and policy requirements. The guidelines are designed to help grantees, vendors, and others work more efficiently with OVC to produce quality products that adhere to professional standards of excellence.
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Vision 21 Accomplishments (July 2016) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 249938.
The goal of OVC’s Vision 21 initiative is to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This fact sheet highlights OVC accomplishments to meet the goals of Vision 21 by promoting data and research to inform future program development, so that victims can be served effectively; supporting and building the capacity of those who work in the field; and fostering innovation to address enduring and emerging challenges of the crime victims field.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary From OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 249680.
This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Office of Justice Programs Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2016 - FY 2018 (December 2015) OJP, Report, 9 pages, NCJ 249543.
This strategic plan describes OJP efforts to strengthen its support for criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. It highlights OJP efforts to deliver proven programs backed by scientific research, as well as innovative initiatives that are evidence-informed and promise demonstrable results in our communities.
Abstract | PDF
 
2016 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2015) OJP, Report, 50 pages, NCJ 249544.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding grant opportunities OJP intends to fund in the coming months, divided into 10 thematically organized sections.
Abstract | HTML
 

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The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—

  • Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
  • Support  professionals who  provide direct services  to victims;
  • Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.

The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.


The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—

  • Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
  • Support  professionals who  provide direct services  to victims;
  • Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.

The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Dec 8 2014 at 2:00PM, Carole Warshaw, MD, Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and Gabriella Grant, Director, California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, hosted a discussion on Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice

On Oct 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Steven Siegel, Director of the Special Programs Unit of the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, hosted a discussion on Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

On Feb 10 2011 at 2:00PM, Tamara Fulwyler, Chief Financial Officer for a tribal consortium nonprofit agency, hosted a discussion on Applying for Funding and Managing Grants

On Sep 30 2009 at 2:00PM, Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women, hosted a discussion on Sustainability of Victim Assistance Programs

The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—

  • Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
  • Support  professionals who  provide direct services  to victims;
  • Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.

The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.


How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepti... Read More

How do I add my program/organization to the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
Visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Crime Vict... Read More

Who is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
Joye E. Frost is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).... Read More

What is victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-bas... Read More

What is the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the Off... Read More

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The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—

  • Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
  • Support  professionals who  provide direct services  to victims;
  • Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.

The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.


FY 2016 Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm (PDF 220 kb)
Deadline: 09/07/2016
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to support law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities by developing, implementing and assessing evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions which promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of police-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Strategies include responses to incidents featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status, whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer. The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents. Apply by September 7, 2016.


FY 2016 Application Guidance for Invitation to Apply for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 275 kb)
Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction’s or program’s ability to respond to the event. This is a restricted invitation because the program is intended to respond to specific cases of terrorism and mass violence. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

More Funding Opportunities

The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), to provide compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to to victims. Federal, state, territorial and tribal victim assistance programs receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides according to a carefully established annual allocation procedure. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Monies from the Fund are used to—

  • Reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime;
  • Support  professionals who  provide direct services  to victims;
  • Develop demonstration projects and training and technical assistance for victim service providers; and
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, among other things.

The following resources provide information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210. The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 249924. The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
OVC Publishing Guidelines, Fourth Edition (July 2016) OVC, NCJ 249930. This guide describes the criteria you must follow when preparing all types of OVC communication products for publication. It includes guidance on developing e-publications and producing multimedia products. Of special importance are submission deadlines and requirements (including file setup guidelines). Other topics include the publishing process, product types, writing tips, and legal and policy requirements. The guidelines are designed to help grantees, vendors, and others work more efficiently with OVC to produce quality products that adhere to professional standards of excellence.
HTML
 
Vision 21 Accomplishments (July 2016) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 249938. The goal of OVC’s Vision 21 initiative is to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This fact sheet highlights OVC accomplishments to meet the goals of Vision 21 by promoting data and research to inform future program development, so that victims can be served effectively; supporting and building the capacity of those who work in the field; and fostering innovation to address enduring and emerging challenges of the crime victims field.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary From OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 249680. This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Office of Justice Programs Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2016 - FY 2018 (December 2015) OJP, Report, 9 pages, NCJ 249543. This strategic plan describes OJP efforts to strengthen its support for criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. It highlights OJP efforts to deliver proven programs backed by scientific research, as well as innovative initiatives that are evidence-informed and promise demonstrable results in our communities.
Abstract | PDF
 
2016 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2015) OJP, Report, 50 pages, NCJ 249544. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding grant opportunities OJP intends to fund in the coming months, divided into 10 thematically organized sections.
Abstract | HTML
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Human Trafficking
OVC’s human trafficking Web site contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
 
Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group
Unified Solutions is dedicated to partnering with American Indian/Alaska Native communities to end violent crime, heal from the effects of trauma, and promote resilience.
 

Federal Resources

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Uniform Crime Reports
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
 
FedStats
FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats provides access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.
 
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC)
OVC TTAC provides comprehensive, quality technical assistance and training resources to victim service providers and allied professionals. OVC TTAC can support faith-based organizations by providing conference and workshop speakers; staff and volunteer trainings; and expert, focused assistance in needs assessments, program development, and program evaluation. Faith-based organizations have requested OVC support in serving victims of crime on such issues as grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and ministering to victims of crime.
 
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS, the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions, provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Foundation Center
Offers grantseekers an online database of training seminars, grant writing tips, and public access to its 9/11 Funding Database.
 
Good360
Offers nonprofits (with 501 (c)(3) federal tax exempt status) donations of office supplies, equipment, consumer products, and building materials (including used computers).
 
Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies
The Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies provides professional and academic educational courses, resources, and public policy initiatives to address issues of violence and victimization.
 
National Multicultural Institute (NMCI)
NMCI works with individuals, organizations, and communities to facilitate personal and systemic change in order to build an inclusive society that is strengthened and empowered by its diversity.
 
National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium
NVASC has drafted a set of standards for programs and individual victim advocates.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Dec 8 2014 at 2:00PM, Carole Warshaw, MD, Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and Gabriella Grant, Director, California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, hosted a discussion on Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice

On Oct 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Steven Siegel, Director of the Special Programs Unit of the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, hosted a discussion on Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

On Feb 10 2011 at 2:00PM, Tamara Fulwyler, Chief Financial Officer for a tribal consortium nonprofit agency, hosted a discussion on Applying for Funding and Managing Grants

On Sep 30 2009 at 2:00PM, Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women, hosted a discussion on Sustainability of Victim Assistance Programs


FAQs

How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepti... Read More

How do I add my program/organization to the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
Visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Crime Vict... Read More

Who is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
Joye E. Frost is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).... Read More

What is victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-bas... Read More

What is the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the Off... Read More

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Funding

FY 2016 Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm (PDF 220 kb)
Deadline: 09/07/2016
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to support law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities by developing, implementing and assessing evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions which promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of police-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Strategies include responses to incidents featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status, whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer. The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents. Apply by September 7, 2016.


FY 2016 Application Guidance for Invitation to Apply for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 275 kb)
Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction’s or program’s ability to respond to the event. This is a restricted invitation because the program is intended to respond to specific cases of terrorism and mass violence. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2016 National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Philadelphia, PA
09/19/2016-09/21/2016

15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Palm Springs, CA
12/08/2016-12/10/2016

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.