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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

Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014) OVC, Bulletin, NCJ 248495.
This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. This online resource promotes the replication of these practices, which cover six key program areas: needs assessment, systems advocacy and coordination, compensation, underserved populations, victims’ rights and services, and technology.
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Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397.
This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Crime Victims Fund (June 2013) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000391.
The Crime Victims Fund is a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. This fact sheet provides information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
OVC Publishing Guidelines for Print and Multimedia, Third Edition (March 2010) OVC, NCJ 229712.
This guide describes the criteria you must follow when preparing all types of communication products for publication. It includes guidance on developing e-publications and producing multimedia products that will help expedite the publishing process. 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 exceed professional standards of excellence.
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OJP Publications

2015 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2014) OJP, 50 pages, NCJ 248542.
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.
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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)?
To enroll as a consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistan... Read More

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

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

More FAQs

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 2014 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and Assistance (PDF 229 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 solicitation 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. Please contact Eugenia Pedley at eugenia.pedley@ojp.usdoj.gov or Barbara Robertson at barbara.robertson2@usdoj.gov for more information.

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

Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014) OVC, Bulletin, NCJ 248495. This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. This online resource promotes the replication of these practices, which cover six key program areas: needs assessment, systems advocacy and coordination, compensation, underserved populations, victims’ rights and services, and technology.
HTML
 
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397. This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Crime Victims Fund (June 2013) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000391. The Crime Victims Fund is a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. This fact sheet provides information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
OVC Publishing Guidelines for Print and Multimedia, Third Edition (March 2010) OVC, NCJ 229712. This guide describes the criteria you must follow when preparing all types of communication products for publication. It includes guidance on developing e-publications and producing multimedia products that will help expedite the publishing process. 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 exceed professional standards of excellence.
HTML
 

OJP Publications

2015 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2014) OJP, 50 pages, NCJ 248542. 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.
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
United States Government Printing Office (GPO) Access
GPO Access is a service that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. Offers a centralized listing of several government databases and the capability to search across multiple databases by key term.
 
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

Foundation Center
Offers grantseekers an online database of training seminars, grant writing tips, and public access to its 9/11 Funding Database.
 
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 Victim Assistance Standards Consortium
NVASC has drafted a set of standards for programs and individual victim advocates.
 
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 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)?
To enroll as a consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistan... Read More

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

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 2014 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and Assistance (PDF 229 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 solicitation 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. Please contact Eugenia Pedley at eugenia.pedley@ojp.usdoj.gov or Barbara Robertson at barbara.robertson2@usdoj.gov for more information.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
10th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
Dallas, TX
03/16/2015-03/18/2015

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
Washington, DC
03/19/2015-03/21/2015

2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses
New Orleans, LA
04/07/2015-04/09/2015

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.