The Office for Victims of Crime administers the Crime Victims Fund (Fund), which provides compensation to crime victims and funding to victim service providers to support direct assistance to victims.
Federal, state, territorial, and tribal victim assistance programs all receive formula grants, discretionary grants, and set-asides through the Fund. OVC also partners with other government agencies to provide innovative services that address the wide range of issues that affect victims. Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Fund is used to —
- reimburse victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that result from a 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 victim services.
The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the different funding programs, the application process, and grant management.