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Programs

Below is a sampling of programs listed in your state/territory. For a comprehensive list of services in your area, conduct a search of OVC’s Online Directory of Crime Victim Services. This comprehensive and user-friendly database is searchable by location, type of victimization, type of agency, and available services.

Legal Aid Society DC
1331 H Street, NW, Washington, dc, 20005
(202) 661-5961
Expertise in : Domestic Violence,
Services: Assistance in Filing Compensation Claims, Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy,

Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV)
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 105, Washington, dc, 20005
202-888-7222
Agency Type: Victim Services Agency
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Aggravated Battery, Assault, Hate Crime, Robbery
Services: Criminal Justice Support Advocacy, Crisis Hotline Counseling, Information And Referral , Personal Advocacy, Telephone Contacts

Network for Victim Recovery of DC
5321 First Place, NW, Washington, dc, 20011
(202) 742-1727
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Assault, Domestic Violence, Robbery, Survivors of Homicide Victims
Services: Assistance in Filing Compensation Claims, Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy, Emergency Legal Advocacy,

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
P.O. Box 14268, Washington, dc, 20044
202-464-4477
Agency Type: Victim Services Agency
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence
Services: Follow-up Contact, Information And Referral , Telephone Contacts

Polaris Project
1822 Biltmore Street, NW, Washington, dc, 20009
(202) 745-1001
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Assault, Child Sexual Abuse,
Services: Assistance in Filing Compensation Claims, Crisis Counseling, Emergency Financial Assistance, Emergency Legal Advocacy, Group Treatment, Personal Advocacy, Shelter/Safe House, Therapy

VOCA Reports

District of Columbia State Compensation Report (PDF 731 kb)
The annual state performance report for the District of Columbia compensation program.

District of Columbia State Assistance Report (PDF 201 kb)
The annual state performance report for the District of Columbia assistance program.

Victims’ Rights

Search Victim Law to access victims’ rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and case summaries of related court decisions. Funded by OVC, VictimLaw is a comprehensive, user-friendly, on-line database that provides ready access to information that can advance the cause of crime victims’ rights by facilitating the exercise, implementation, and enforcement of those rights.

Statistics

Easy Access - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Data Analysis Tools
OJJDP’s Easy Access is a family of web-based data analysis tools on juvenile justice. Among the data available are statistics on juvenile victimization.

Homicide Trends In The United States
This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) publication series provides data at the state-level related to homicides, including the number of victims, demographic data (age, race, and gender), and weapon involvement.

National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
NCVS is the Nation’s primary source of information on criminal victimization. Data from the annual survey reported annually include the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. NCVS collects information on nonfatal personal crimes (i.e., rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and personal larceny) and household property crimes (i.e., burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other theft) both reported and not reported to police.

The NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool allows users to generate custom reports using data from 1993–present.

State Statistical Analysis Centers
State specific justice statistics are available from your state’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). Contact information for each state’s SAC is available from the Justice Research and Statistics Association.

Uniform Crime Reports
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program compiles data from state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. These data are presented annually in publications such as—

  • Crime in the United States,
  • Hate Crime Statistics,
  • Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and
  • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

View the OVC bulletin, Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers, to learn how victim service providers can use NIBRS to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims.

Uniform Crime Reports Data Analysis Tool
This BJS dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate trend tables and figures of arrest data since 1980, including national arrest estimates and agency-level counts by offense, age, sex, and race. The data presented in this tool are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Victim Notification

VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

The Victim Notification System (VNS) is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the United States Attorneys’ offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims of federal crimes. In many cases you will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to your case and/or any defendants in the case. This information is also available in English and Spanish on the Internet and through a toll-free telephone number (Call Center).

Victims' Rights Compliance

Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman, Executive Office for United States Attorneys
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has established the Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees. If you are a crime victim and you believe that a DOJ employee violated or failed to provide you with one or more of your rights, you may file a complaint. A crime victim includes any person who has been directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense or an offense in the District of Columbia.

Compensation & Assistance

All states receive Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from OVC to help support local victim assistance and compensation programs.

There are resources in your immediate area that offer services to individuals who have been victimized by crime. Information about victim assistance in this state/territory can be obtained using the information listed below:

OVC-funded Victim Assistance for the District of Columbia
Phone: 202-727-0605
Fax: 202-727-6332
Web Site: http://ovsjg.dc.gov/

You may be eligible for crime victim compensation benefits, including reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. Information about compensation in this state/territory can be obtained using the information listed below:

OVC-funded Victim Compensation for the District of Columbia
Phone: 202-879-4216
Fax: 202-879-4230
Web Site: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/crime-victims-compensation-matters

To locate additional services in your area, search OVC’s Online Directory of Crime Victim Services.

Programs

Below is a sampling of programs listed in your state/territory. For a comprehensive list of services in your area, conduct a search of OVC’s Online Directory of Crime Victim Services. This comprehensive and user-friendly database is searchable by location, type of victimization, type of agency, and available services.

Legal Aid Society DC
1331 H Street, NW, Washington, dc, 20005
(202) 661-5961
Expertise in : Domestic Violence,
Services: Assistance in Filing Compensation Claims, Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy,

Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV)
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 105, Washington, dc, 20005
202-888-7222
Agency Type: Victim Services Agency
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Aggravated Battery, Assault, Hate Crime, Robbery
Services: Criminal Justice Support Advocacy, Crisis Hotline Counseling, Information And Referral , Personal Advocacy, Telephone Contacts

Network for Victim Recovery of DC
5321 First Place, NW, Washington, dc, 20011
(202) 742-1727
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Assault, Domestic Violence, Robbery, Survivors of Homicide Victims
Services: Assistance in Filing Compensation Claims, Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy, Emergency Legal Advocacy,

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
P.O. Box 14268, Washington, dc, 20044
202-464-4477
Agency Type: Victim Services Agency
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence
Services: Follow-up Contact, Information And Referral , Telephone Contacts

Polaris Project
1822 Biltmore Street, NW, Washington, dc, 20009
(202) 745-1001
Expertise in : Adult Sexual Assault, Assault, Child Sexual Abuse,
Services: Assistance in Filing Compensation Claims, Crisis Counseling, Emergency Financial Assistance, Emergency Legal Advocacy, Group Treatment, Personal Advocacy, Shelter/Safe House, Therapy

VOCA Reports

District of Columbia State Compensation Report (PDF 731 kb)


The annual state performance report for the District of Columbia compensation program.

District of Columbia State Assistance Report (PDF 201 kb)


The annual state performance report for the District of Columbia assistance program.

Events

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan
Washington, DC
From 04/14/2020 To 04/16/2020

Victims’ Rights

Search VictimLaw to access victims’ rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and case summaries of related court decisions. Funded by OVC, VictimLaw is a comprehensive, user-friendly, on-line database that provides ready access to information that can advance the cause of crime victims’ rights by facilitating the exercise, implementation, and enforcement of those rights.

Statistics

Easy Access - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Data Analysis Tools
OJJDP’s Easy Access is a family of web-based data analysis tools on juvenile justice. Among the data available are statistics on juvenile victimization.

Homicide Trends In The United States
This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) publication series provides data at the state-level related to homicides, including the number of victims, demographic data (age, race, and gender), and weapon involvement.

National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
NCVS is the Nation’s primary source of information on criminal victimization. Data from the annual survey reported annually include the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. NCVS collects information on nonfatal personal crimes (i.e., rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and personal larceny) and household property crimes (i.e., burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other theft) both reported and not reported to police.

The NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool allows users to generate custom reports using data from 1993–present.

State Statistical Analysis Centers
State specific justice statistics are available from your state’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). Contact information for each state’s SAC is available from the Justice Research and Statistics Association.

Uniform Crime Reports
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program compiles data from state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. These data are presented annually in publications such as—

  • Crime in the United States,
  • Hate Crime Statistics,
  • Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and
  • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

View the OVC bulletin, Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers, to learn how victim service providers can use NIBRS to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims.

Uniform Crime Reports Data Analysis Tool
This BJS dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate trend tables and figures of arrest data since 1980, including national arrest estimates and agency-level counts by offense, age, sex, and race. The data presented in this tool are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Victim Notification

VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

The Victim Notification System (VNS) is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the United States Attorneys’ offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims of federal crimes. In many cases you will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to your case and/or any defendants in the case. This information is also available in English and Spanish on the Internet and through a toll-free telephone number (Call Center).

Victims’ Rights Compliance

Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman, Executive Office for United States Attorneys
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has established the Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees. If you are a crime victim and you believe that a DOJ employee violated or failed to provide you with one or more of your rights, you may file a complaint. A crime victim includes any person who has been directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense or an offense in the District of Columbia.