What Is a Web Forum?
Sometimes called a bulletin board or message board, a Web
forum is an online center for ongoing, indepth
discussions of specific topics and issues. This OVC HELP for Victim
Service Providers message board provides
victim service providers and allied professionals with a means to
share ideas, suggestions, and recommendations concerning promising
practices, best practices, and victim issues.
Please note that the forum is not a "chat room." That
is, users cannot participate in real-time discussions. However, users
can ask and respond to questions, explain service techniques and
strategies, share helpful anecdotes, and lend their expertise to
others in the field.
How is a discussion organized?
Individual messages are organized by topic and discussion title.
A discussion (also known as a "thread") is a series of
messages along a specific topic of conversation. Each discussion
begins with a comment or question that elicits feedback from others.
By reading each post—that is, each individual message—in
a discussion, you can see how it has evolved.
The topics listed on the forum home page are currently open for
comment. Select one of them to view the directory of active discussions
within that topic.
Who can participate?
This is an open discussion board that does not require a login registration
for users. However, victim service providers and allied professionals
are the target participants for this forum. Crime victims seeking
assistance should visit the OVC
Directory of Crime Victim Services.
Is the forum moderated?
This forum is not moderated in the sense that a moderator will participate
in conversations; however, posts are screened before they are uploaded.
Therefore, participants who submit messages will not immediately
see them on the board. Messages that are accepted for discussion
will be posted within 1 business day of submission. See the rules for
more information on screening criteria.
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810 Seventh Street NW., Washington, DC 20531
The Office for Victims of Crime is a component of the Office of Justice Programs,
U.S. Department of Justice.