February 2015

OVC hosted a Vision 21 Forum: A Data-Driven Approach to Victim Services in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 19, 2015. Heather Warnken, Esq., LL.M., Legal Policy Associate at the Chief Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law presented her statewide research findings on:

  • the role of criminal justice system-based programs responding to violence against women,
  • a poll on crime victims' unmet needs,
  • victims' attitudes towards offenders and services for them,
  • research on repeat victimization and rebuilding lives, and
  • the implications of recent legislative developments.

September 2014

OVC held a Vision 21 Forum on Friday, November 14, 2014. Iowa Victim of Crime Act Administrators, Janelle Melohn and Donna Phillips, spoke about the groundbreaking work they’ve implemented to realign funding and expand services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iowa.

July 2014

The last of the FY 14 Vision 21 solicitations—the Tribal Wellness Centers Initiative (PDF 380 kb) —closed on July 15. (All of OVC's closed solicitations are accessible online from the OVC Grants Archive.)

April 2014

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) releases several Vision 21 discretionary grant solicitations throughout April. To view them, visit the OVC Grants Archive.

March 2014

On March 31, 2014, OVC releases the first of several Vision 21 discretionary grant solicitations to provide funding to reach and serve more crime victims and address gaps in capacity and infrastructure in the crime victims’ field.

January 2014

January 17, 2014: Congress passes H.R. 3547 -- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014,  in which $12.5 million is allocated to “the Office for Victims of Crime for supplemental victims' services and other victim-related programs  and initiatives.” (Source:

June 2013

On June 7, 2013, OVC released the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report.

In a press release issued by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated, “Today’s announcement marks the latest step forward in the Department’s ongoing work to protect and empower those who have been victimized. Through Vision 21, we’ve gained an unprecedented understanding of the current state of victim services from coast to coast. And we've developed groundbreaking strategies for responding to urgent needs, combating violence and abuse, and providing critical support to crime victims.”

“This is a bold and creative plan to meet the needs of crime victims in the 21st century,” said Assistant Attorney General for OJP Karol V. Mason. “The recommendations in this report display the latest and best thinking in the field of victim services and set us on a course to ensuring services for all victims.  I am grateful to my Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary and OVC’s Principal Deputy Director Joye Frost for leading Vision 21 and for their commitment to victims across the country.”

Be among the first to read the findings and recommendations from the first comprehensive assessment of the crime victim assistance field in nearly 15 years.

April 2013

On April 24, 2013, Senator Patrick J. Leahy announced the release of the Vision21: Transforming Victim Services Framework, a summary of the groundbreaking Vision 21 initiative on transforming the landscape of victim services in the 21st century. Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, Joye Frost, Principal Deputy Director, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, William Kellibrew, President, William Kellibrew Foundation, and Katie Ray-Jones, President, National Domestic Violence Hotline, also delivered remarks about the Vision 21 initiative and its outcomes.

Archived News

January 2011

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Web siteOVC launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Web site to keep the crime victims field informed about the initiative’s mission, objectives, and contributors. Bookmark this Web site and visit periodically for updated information on progress related to the initiative!

Share Your VisionOVC invites you to share your vision about the role of the crime victims field in the country’s response to crime and delinquency in the United States! Review the objectives for each contributing project and submit your comments and recommendations.

March 2011

OVC Web Forum for Victim Service ProvidersOn March 29, 2011, the Vision 21 project directors participated in an OVC Web Forum Guest Host discussion on Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century.  If you missed the discussion, you can view the transcript now.

May 2011

Vision 21 Fact SheetVision 21 presents a rare opportunity for victims of crime, service providers, and allied professionals to make a significant contribution to improving the field. Download the Vision 21 fact sheet and share it with your colleagues. OVC needs your input.

Jan–May 2011

Participants ListSince January 2011, four forums have been held around the country, bringing hundreds of stakeholders from traditional and nontraditional arenas together to make recommendations for effectively transforming the field. Participant lists from each forum are now available to download!

September 2011

OVC invites you to share your vision about the role of the crime victims field in the country’s response to crime and delinquency in the United States! Review the objectives for each topic area addressed by Vision 21 and submit your comments and recommendations by September 30, 2011.