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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

How do I add my program/organization to the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
Please visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Cri... 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 victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-bas... Read More
Last updated:  01/13/2012

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

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 2014 National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period is now closed. For more informatio... Read More
Last updated:  09/05/2013

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

Can a program apply directly to OVC for funding?
Yes, a program can apply directly for funding. A certain percentage of discretionary monies in the ... Read More
Last updated:  04/27/2012

How long is my password good for and what do I do if I cannot connect to GMS due to a lost password?
You will be prompted to reset your password after 60-90 days. For replacement password information, ... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What happens if the GMS system crashes while I am uploading an application? Will the agency accept a hard copy of my application?
If you experience unforseen GMS technical issues beyond your control which prevent you from submitti... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What if I can't navigate between GMS application screens, or I am having difficulty printing from within GMS, what's the problem and what should I do?
Please call GMS technical help at 888-549-9901 (option 3) for technical assistance.... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

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

Where/how can I find out about funding available from OVC?
Discretionary grants are posted to the Grants and Funding section of our Web site and on Grants.gov.... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

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 the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Grant Program?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) administers the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Progra... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

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

How much money does each state receive to provide victim compensation?
The amount of money appropriated to each state for victim compensation is available from the Crime V... Read More
Last updated:  01/16/2014

Do taxpayer dollars contribute to the Crime Victims Fund?
To date, Crime Victims Fund (Fund) dollars have always come from offenders convicted of federal crim... Read More
Last updated:  04/27/2012

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

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 types of expenses are crime victims compensated for?
According to the Victim Compensation Program Guidelines, at a minimum, the Victims of Crime Act (VO... Read More
Last updated:  09/13/2012
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