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The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.

Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —

  • reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.

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


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project (July 2017) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250876.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest crime victimization rates in the Nation but often have difficulty connecting with existing services to help them recover from crime and abuse. This fact sheet discusses an OVC project to develop a web-based tool that will enable victims and service providers to quickly access information about critical services wherever they are seeking help.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile Applications (July 2017) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250877.
Technology can be a powerful tool for expanding victims’ safe access to information and services. This fact sheet provides an overview of two OVC-funded Vision 21 mobile app projects that highlight how technology can help victims and victim service providers.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Using Technology To Expand Access to Victim Services (June 2017) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250674.
This program provided funding for nonprofit organizations that use technology creatively to interact directly with crime victims (in the United States and Americans victimized abroad) and provide them with information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer term help to close this gap in service delivery.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017) OVC, NCJ 250647.
Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

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 (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.

Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —

  • reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.

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


The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.

Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —

  • reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional 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 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Adrian Wilairat, J.D., Technical Writer-Editor at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Karen Eisenhut Evans, communications contractor support for OVC, hosted a discussion on Utilizing OVC Publishing Guidelines for Effective Communication

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

The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.

Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —

  • reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional 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)?
Marilyn M. Roberts is the Acting 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 (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.

Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —

  • reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.

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


FY 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 537 kb)
Deadline: 08/10/2017
OVC seeks to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim service providers, and mental health service providers so communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims. OVC anticipates making awards under five purpose areas. Purpose Area 1 aids victim services providers properly identify crime victims who may be exhibiting signs of suicidality, refer them to appropriate mental health services, and support their access to such services. Purpose Area 2 will provide funding for direct services (2A) and TTA (2B) to increase the capacity of both victim and mental health service providers to provide mental health services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have a severe mental illness. Purpose Area 3 will provide funding for direct services (3A) and TTA (3B) to increase access to mental health services for traditionally underserved victims of crime. Apply by August 10, 2017.


FY 2017 Developing Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country (PDF 216 kb)
Deadline: 08/09/2017
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to further cultivate a workforce focused on providing services to American Indian/Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in the early stages of their post-secondary education and career, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ victim service programs will hopefully have an easier time filling victim service positions in remote Indian Country or Alaska Native locations. Successful applicant(s) under this solicitation will be expected to: 1) establish and administer a structured program that links students interested in victim service careers to internship opportunities; 2) provide any necessary guidance and training to students participating in the program; and 3) evaluate the program. OVC expects to make up to three awards of up to $450,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1.35 million. Apply by August 9, 2017.


FY 2017 Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (PDF 272 kb)
Deadline: 08/09/2017
OVC recognizes that federal, state, local, and tribal government and organizations must become better prepared and equipped to appropriately plan for, respond to, and fully support victims and communities affected by mass violence. The goal of this solicitation is to establish a Mass Violence Center. Working collaboratively with OVC, the successful applicant will develop a national victim-centric framework, applicable to various jurisdictions, which addresses best practices in preparing for and responding to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism through training and technical assistance, identifying/creating best practices, and expanding expertise in this field. OVC expects to make one award of up to $18,000,000 for a 36-month performance period, to begin on October 1, 2017. Apply by August 9, 2017.

More Funding Opportunities

The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.

Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —

  • reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.

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


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project (July 2017) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250876. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest crime victimization rates in the Nation but often have difficulty connecting with existing services to help them recover from crime and abuse. This fact sheet discusses an OVC project to develop a web-based tool that will enable victims and service providers to quickly access information about critical services wherever they are seeking help.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile Applications (July 2017) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250877. Technology can be a powerful tool for expanding victims’ safe access to information and services. This fact sheet provides an overview of two OVC-funded Vision 21 mobile app projects that highlight how technology can help victims and victim service providers.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Using Technology To Expand Access to Victim Services (June 2017) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250674. This program provided funding for nonprofit organizations that use technology creatively to interact directly with crime victims (in the United States and Americans victimized abroad) and provide them with information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer term help to close this gap in service delivery.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017) OVC, NCJ 250647. Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906. This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

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

CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
Grants.gov
Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal grants. Today, Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
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.
 
USA.gov
As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

National Center For Child Death Review
The National Center for Child Death Review promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the community, state, and national levels.
 
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.
 
Nonprofit Manager Library
Offers a library for nonprofits on categories such as volunteers, fundraising, and creativity and innovation.
 
Points of Light Institute
The Points of Light Foundation offers a searchable database by ZIP code or state to find local volunteer centers.
 
Techsoup.org
TechSoup.org offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, we offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock. Here, nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products, generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.
 

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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 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Adrian Wilairat, J.D., Technical Writer-Editor at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Karen Eisenhut Evans, communications contractor support for OVC, hosted a discussion on Utilizing OVC Publishing Guidelines for Effective Communication

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


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)?
Marilyn M. Roberts is the Acting 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 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 537 kb)
Deadline: 08/10/2017
OVC seeks to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim service providers, and mental health service providers so communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims. OVC anticipates making awards under five purpose areas. Purpose Area 1 aids victim services providers properly identify crime victims who may be exhibiting signs of suicidality, refer them to appropriate mental health services, and support their access to such services. Purpose Area 2 will provide funding for direct services (2A) and TTA (2B) to increase the capacity of both victim and mental health service providers to provide mental health services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have a severe mental illness. Purpose Area 3 will provide funding for direct services (3A) and TTA (3B) to increase access to mental health services for traditionally underserved victims of crime. Apply by August 10, 2017.


FY 2017 Developing Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country (PDF 216 kb)
Deadline: 08/09/2017
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to further cultivate a workforce focused on providing services to American Indian/Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in the early stages of their post-secondary education and career, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ victim service programs will hopefully have an easier time filling victim service positions in remote Indian Country or Alaska Native locations. Successful applicant(s) under this solicitation will be expected to: 1) establish and administer a structured program that links students interested in victim service careers to internship opportunities; 2) provide any necessary guidance and training to students participating in the program; and 3) evaluate the program. OVC expects to make up to three awards of up to $450,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1.35 million. Apply by August 9, 2017.


FY 2017 Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (PDF 272 kb)
Deadline: 08/09/2017
OVC recognizes that federal, state, local, and tribal government and organizations must become better prepared and equipped to appropriately plan for, respond to, and fully support victims and communities affected by mass violence. The goal of this solicitation is to establish a Mass Violence Center. Working collaboratively with OVC, the successful applicant will develop a national victim-centric framework, applicable to various jurisdictions, which addresses best practices in preparing for and responding to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism through training and technical assistance, identifying/creating best practices, and expanding expertise in this field. OVC expects to make one award of up to $18,000,000 for a 36-month performance period, to begin on October 1, 2017. Apply by August 9, 2017.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2017 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) National Training Conference
Washington, DC
08/15/2017-08/17/2017

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
San Francisco, CA
09/26/2017-09/28/2017

National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Portland, OR
12/05/2017-12/07/2017

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.