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How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
To enroll as a consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistan... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

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
Last updated:  07/23/2010

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
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How can I sign up for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) listserv?
To sign up for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Does OVC offer online training?
Yes. OVC offers two online trainings. Victim Assistance Training Online is a basic victim advocacy w... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

What is the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA)?
The National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) is an education and training classroom experience for ... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Does OVC offer trainings?
OVC offers practical skill-building sessions through its Trainings Catalog and a National Victim Ass... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Are instructor materials available?
OVC offers several curricula for instructors to download. Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

I would like to apply for a Professional Development Scholarship. Where can I find the application?
Visit the Professional Development Scholarship Program section of the OVC TTAC Web site for specific... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Is my organization eligible for the Crime Victim/Survivor Scholarship Program?
Effective June 8, 2013, the OVC Crime Victim/Survivor Scholarship Program has been suspended. If you... Read More
Last updated:  06/27/2013

How do I check on the status of my scholarship application?
Contact OVC TTAC at 1-866-682-8822 or ttac@ovcttac.org.... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Is my organization eligible to receive National Conference Support?
Due to the challenging nature of supporting non-Department of Justice (DOJ) conferences while comply... Read More
Last updated:  05/25/2012

Is my organization eligible to receive State Conference Support?
Due to the challenging nature of supporting non-Department of Justice (DOJ) conferences while comply... Read More
Last updated:  05/25/2012

What do I need to do to obtain training or technical assistance from OVC? How do I request a speaker for an event?
Visit the Training and Technical Assistance section of the OVC TTAC Web site for specific eligibilit... Read More
Last updated:  06/27/2013

How do I check on the status of my TTA request?
Contact an OVC TTAC TA Coordinator at 1-866-682-8822 or ttac@ovcttac.org.... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

What OVC resources are available to states developing State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs)?
OVC offers technical assistance through its Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) to b... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
The 2015 National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period is now closed. For more informatio... Read More
Last updated:  08/07/2014

When will the National Crime Victims' Service Award recipients be announced?
The recipients are announced each year at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony. OVC s... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

What are the terms of the National Crime Victims' Service Award?
The nominee authorizes OVC or its agent to conduct a background check and agrees to participate in a... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

What is considered a National Crime Victims' Service Award group nomination?
Please submit a group nomination if you are interested in nominating a group of individuals who work... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Will each member of the National Crime Victims' Service Award winning team or group award receive an award plaque?
No. Only one award plaque will be given to a group. If you are nominating a group of individuals for... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Is the person I'm nominating eligible to receive an award?
Please review the Eligibility Requirements and the questions that should be addressed in your Nomina... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

What is OVC?
Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, the Office for ... Read More
Last updated:  04/27/2012

Where can I find information that will assist in writing for a grant?
For information and assistance in preparing a proposal for grant funding, review OJP Grants 101, a ... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

Do you provide information on related trainings offered by other organizations?
OVC offers a national events calendar to which organizations may add their events, including trainin... Read More
Last updated:  07/22/2010

What kind of information about the nominator do you need?
OVC needs the nominator's personal contact, including their mailing address, e-mail address, and tel... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

May I nominate a candidate for multiple awards?
No. You may not nominate the same individuals, programs, organizations, teams, or coalition of indiv... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

The candidate I nominated last year did not receive an award. May I nominate this person again?
Yes. Candidates nominated, but not selected, in previous years are eligible for consideration. Previ... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Am I responsible for submitting all of the nominee's pertinent information?
No. As a nominator, you are only required to complete the nominator's section of the online form, wh... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Should I fill out a separate nomination form for each individual in the nominated group?
If you are nominating a group of individuals who work on a specific project, you are required to fil... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What is the difference between the nominee name and the plaque name?
The nominee name should be the full name of the person you wish to nominate for an award. If the nom... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Why does the nominee have to fill out the rest of the nomination form?
By logging in and completing the remaining part of the nomination form, the nominee is acknowledging... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Can I save my nomination and return later to submit it?
No. For this reason, please review all submission guidelines and compose your nomination letter and ... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How do I attach supporting documents to the nomination form?
After you fill out the required fields, you can attach documents to support your submission. All sup... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How will the nominee know they also need to fill out information?
After you make your submission—which should include the nominee's e-mail address—an automatic notifi... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Will OVC notify the nominee if he or she is not selected for an award?
Yes. If a nominee is not selected to move forward through the tiered review process, OVC will send n... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Will OVC notify me when my nomination is received?
Yes. You will receive an automated reply confirming your successful submission.... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Why will the selected nominee's Social Security number be requested?
A member of the OVC staff will contact the selected nominee for their date of birth and Social Secur... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Who is allowed on stage to accept the award during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony?
Only those individuals who were included in the nomination package and passed a background check wil... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What is OVC's mission?
The mission of OVC is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leader... Read More
Last updated:  07/29/2010

How do I apply for a job with OVC?
OVC employment opportunities are posted to the Jobs & Fellowships section of the OVC site when avail... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What is a State Victim Assistance Academy?
A State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) is a week-long, intensive foundation course of study in vic... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How did SVAAs get their start?
To fulfill its long-term goal of encouraging victim assistance courses of study across the country, ... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Which states currently operate SVAAs?
Information on which states operate SVAAs can be found on the SVAA Locator section of our site.... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How can I start a State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) in my state?
OVC encourages state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators to help fund Academies using VOCA ad... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What is a victim impact panel?
According to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) resource, Victim Impact: Listen and Learn, Victim... Read More
Last updated:  05/31/2013

Aside from compensation, how can I recover financial loss due to a violent crime?
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover fi... Read More
Last updated:  04/11/2013

What is the OVC Web Forum for Victim Service Providers?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) HELP for Victim Service Providers message board provides victi... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... Read More
Last updated:  03/16/2012

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication or Cognitive Disabilities Training Kit, NCJ 234678?
The Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims wit... Read More
Last updated:  01/05/2012

Where can I conduct legal research relating to victim's rights?
Legal research relating to victims' rights can be found on the VictimLaw and the National Crime Vict... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More
Last updated:  01/06/2012

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims, NCJ 216616?
The Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims DVD, NCJ 216616, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Am I able to order ribbons from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)?
Ribbons for NCVRW are not available to order from OVC. Please visit the NCVRW section of our Web sit... Read More
Last updated:  02/26/2014

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2015?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 19-25, 2015. To learn more a... Read More
Last updated:  06/09/2014

How should law enforcement respond to crime victims with disabilities?
Information on police response to victims with disabilities is available in Victims with Disabilitie... Read More
Last updated:  07/29/2010

Where can I find information about restorative justice programs in corrections?
Information on restorative justice in corrections is available in What Future for "Public Safety" an... Read More
Last updated:  09/02/2010

How do I obtain information on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification?
Information on SANE certification is available on the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) - Sexual ... Read More
Last updated:  09/17/2010

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters have frequent contact with children and may ... Read More
Last updated:  05/25/2012

What are school-based crisis response teams?
School Crisis Response Initiative, a bulletin from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), provides a... Read More
Last updated:  01/05/2012

What is the OVC Fellowship Program?
Authorized by the Victims of Crime Act, the OVC Fellowship Program was established in 2002 and provi... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

Who is eligible to apply for a Fellowship?
OVC Fellowship applicants are limited to individuals; organizations are not eligible to apply. Appli... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What is the work schedule for OVC Fellows?
Fellows work onsite at a government office and are typically expected to follow the federal employee... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What type of information should I include in the Program Narrative for a Fellowship application?
As the applicant, you should use the program narrative to provide OVC with a clear understanding of ... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

How should I develop the goals, objectives, activities and deliverables for my Fellowship application?
It is important that you have a clear understanding of the goals of the Fellowship (one overarching,... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What is the importance of the performance measures referenced in the Fellowship solicitation?
The purpose of performance measures is to provide a clear method of measuring progress and achieveme... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What are the requirements in creating my budget for a Fellowship application?
Create a 1 year budget to include the following: Personnel - The salary should be based on your c... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What is an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

Why do I need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to apply for an OVC Fellowship?
As an individual applying for an OVC Fellowship, you are considered a sole proprietor. Sole propriet... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

How do I apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
For information on how to apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), visit the How to Apply ... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

While applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for purposes of an OVC Fellowship, I was asked if I had any employees. How should I answer this question?
If you are applying for Employer Identification Number (EIN) for the sole purpose of applying for an... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What is a DUNS number? Do I need a DUNS number to apply for a Fellowship?
The DUNS number is a unique nine-character number that identifies an organization. Individuals are e... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

The Fellowship application requires that I provide a contact person in various sections. Whose name should I provide?
Fellows are grantees who are provided an individual award to conduct the activities proposed in the ... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

Should I provide my Social Security number on any documentation in a Fellowship application?
No. Do not include your Social Security number on any of the documentation. If your Social Security ... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What should I enter in the "Organizational Unit" field on the Fellowship application in the Grants Management System (GMS)?
Please enter "Not Applicable (N/A)".... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

What are the next steps after I have submitted my Fellowship application?
Your application will be reviewed by the Solicitation Peer Review Committee. First, the committee co... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

How do I find out more about Fellowships at OVC?
Review the OVC Fellowship Guidelines for further information about- The application and selection... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2011

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More
Last updated:  04/10/2013

Is information available on what can be done to help children who have been witnesses to violence?
To view publications and other resources related to the treatment of children who have been exposed ... Read More
Last updated:  10/02/2014

Is official information on AMBER Alerts or the AMBER Alert program available on any social networking sites?
Facebook offers subscribers notification of AMBER Alerts in their geographical areas. To receive AMB... Read More
Last updated:  01/15/2014

How can I learn about effective victim service programs?
Created by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and operated by OJP's National Institute of Justice,... Read More
Last updated:  11/30/2012

Is technical assistance available for the implementation of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Protocol?
The National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adults/Adolescents, Second E... Read More
Last updated:  04/24/2013

How can I view the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) product entitled Listen to My Story: Communicating with Victims of Crime (Video and Guidebook), NCJ 195655?
Listen to My Story: Communicating with Victims of Crime (Video and Guidebook) is now available as pa... Read More
Last updated:  09/09/2011

How can I view the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) product entitled Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims (Video and Guidebook), NCJ 195656?
Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the Offic... Read More
Last updated:  09/09/2011

How can I view the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) product entitled Substance Abuse and Victimization (Video and Guidebook), NCJ 204552?
Substance Abuse and Victimization (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the Office for V... Read More
Last updated:  09/09/2011

What expenses are allowable if my organization receives Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds?
Contact your state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrator for questions regarding what expenses a... Read More
Last updated:  10/28/2011

What resources are available to assist in locating missing children?
If you have not yet contacted the law enforcement regarding this matter, please do so immediately. A... Read More
Last updated:  11/14/2011

Are there support groups for the families of homicide victims?
Yes. For information regarding support groups in your area, please contact Parents of Murdered Child... Read More
Last updated:  11/22/2011

Where can I locate information about date rape?
Information on date rape may be obtained by visiting the Crime Victimization: Sexual Abuse or Violen... Read More
Last updated:  11/30/2012

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues is available ... Read More
Last updated:  01/10/2012

Is there information available on how to write a victim impact statement?
Guidelines on how to write a victim impact statement in the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) report... Read More
Last updated:  05/31/2013

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More
Last updated:  06/25/2013
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