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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.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (August 2018) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251958.
This fact sheet describes the OVC-funded National Resource Center for Reaching Victims project. The center seeks to be one-stop shop where providers, policymakers, and other professionals will be able to obtain information and expert guidance to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from communities that too often have less access to healing services and avenues to justice.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Center for Victim Research (August 2018) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251959.
In response to the victim assistance field’s call for increased statistical data, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation, OVC funded the creation of the Center for Victim Research. This fact sheet describes how the Center is tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge, supports the field in two ways. It facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
OVC Fact Sheet: Action Research (May 2018) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251671.
Action research is social research carried out by a team consisting of a professional researcher and representatives from an organization or group seeking to improve its processes, products, or services. In Fiscal Year 2018, OVC will transition recipients of human trafficking grants from an evaluation model to an action research model. This fact will help grantees transition to the new action research model.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Human Trafficking: An Overview of Services and Funding for Survivors (April 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 251838.
This paper reviews approaches and legislation to identify victims of human trafficking and provide services to support short- and long-term recovery.
Abstract | PDF
 
Office for Victims of Crime TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015-June 2016: Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (September 2017) OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 251074.
OVC administers grant funding to enhance services for victims of human trafficking. This brief provides data across three OVC human trafficking grant programs as reported in the Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS).
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

DOJ Grants Financial Guide (December 2017) OJP, 164 pages, NCJ 251462.
The DOJ Grants Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OVC award recipients (who received awards after December 26, 2014) in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
Office of Justice Programs Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2016 - FY 2018 (December 2015) OJP, Report, 9 pages, NCJ 249543.
This strategic plan describes OJP efforts to strengthen its support for criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. It highlights OJP efforts to deliver proven programs backed by scientific research, as well as innovative initiatives that are evidence-informed and promise demonstrable results in our communities.
Abstract | PDF
 
2016 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2015) OJP, Report, 50 pages, NCJ 249544.
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.
Abstract | HTML
 
OJP Financial Guide 2014 (2014) OJP, 144 pages, NCJ 246955.
The OJP Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OVC award recipients (who received awards prior to December 26, 2014) in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

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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.


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.


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 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Adrian Wilairat, J.D., Technical Writer-Editor at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Karen Eisenhut Evans, communications contractor support for OVC, hosted a discussion on Utilizing OVC Publishing Guidelines for Effective Communication

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

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.


How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepti... Read More

How do I add my program/organization to the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
Visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Crime Vict... Read More

Who is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
Darlene Hutchinson Biehl 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 (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.


FY 2019 VOCA Victim Compensation (PDF 356 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual grant equal to 60 percent of the amount the program awarded in state-funded victim compensation payments during the fiscal year two years prior to the present fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage. The primary purpose of these grants is to supplement state efforts to provide financial compensation to crime victims throughout the Nation for costs resulting from crime, and to encourage victim cooperation and participation in the criminal justice system. Funds under this program shall be used by the states for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by 5:00 p.m. e.t. on July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims (PDF 502 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
OVC seeks to expand the work and lessons learned from OVC's FY 2016 demonstration initiative, "A Pathway to Justice, Healing, and Hope: Addressing Polyvictimization in a Family Justice Center." Purpose Area 1: OVC expects to fund up to six FJCs or similar co-located service model agencies to: implement the validated assessment tool (see Appendix A); increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically; expand case management services to include a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the survivors; and build capacity within their communities to leverage existing and new resources for crime victims. Purpose Area 2: OVC anticipates funding one organization to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites selected under this program. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 VOCA Victim Assistance (PDF 452 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim assistance program an annual grant to support eligible crime victim assistance programs in that state or territory. Funds under this program shall be used by states and territories to support eligible crime victim assistance programs that provide direct services to crime victims with the following exception: states and territories may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by 5:00 p.m. e.t. on July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines (PDF 421 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
This program seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies. Successful applicants will implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 11, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 428 kb)
Deadline: 06/27/2019
To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 27, 2019.


FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program (PDF 457 kb)
Deadline: 06/26/2019
This program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime. View a change to page 6 at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-EASP-Solicitation-Updates-508.pdf. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 14, 2019, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 26, 2019.


FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 395 kb)
Deadline: 06/25/2019
Through this program, OVC will support national-scope initiatives and regional initiatives (that can be replicated nationally) to maximize the use of technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. Projects could include, but are not limited to: (1) Development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime. (2) Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime. (3) Expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime. Apply by June 25, 2019.


FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 418 kb)
Deadline: 06/04/2019
Many first responders and victim service providers are affected by vicarious trauma, defined as the exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people, because of their repeated exposure to crime victimization. The purpose of this solicitation is to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise (at the national, regional, tribal, state, and local levels), weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in a particular community, and provide free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust established and sustained response to vicarious trauma. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 19, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 4, 2019.


FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization (PDF 425 kb)
Deadline: 05/30/2019
OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce child fatalities. OVC will fund up to five demonstration sites, and the initiative will be carried out in two phases – Phase I: Planning and Phase II: Implementation. The program will use a three-pronged approach: demonstration sites (Purpose Area 1), technical assistance (Purpose Area 2), and an implementation study (competed under a separate FY 2019 solicitation). All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 30, 2019.


FY 2019 Guidance for Invited Applications for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 473 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 domestic terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that the jurisdiction cannot provide needed services to victims of the incident with existing resources and it places an undue financial hardship on the jurisdiction’s ability to respond to victims of other crimes in a timely and comprehensive manner. This is not a competitive solicitation. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

More Funding Opportunities

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.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (August 2018) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251958. This fact sheet describes the OVC-funded National Resource Center for Reaching Victims project. The center seeks to be one-stop shop where providers, policymakers, and other professionals will be able to obtain information and expert guidance to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from communities that too often have less access to healing services and avenues to justice.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Center for Victim Research (August 2018) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251959. In response to the victim assistance field’s call for increased statistical data, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation, OVC funded the creation of the Center for Victim Research. This fact sheet describes how the Center is tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge, supports the field in two ways. It facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
OVC Fact Sheet: Action Research (May 2018) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251671. Action research is social research carried out by a team consisting of a professional researcher and representatives from an organization or group seeking to improve its processes, products, or services. In Fiscal Year 2018, OVC will transition recipients of human trafficking grants from an evaluation model to an action research model. This fact will help grantees transition to the new action research model.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Human Trafficking: An Overview of Services and Funding for Survivors (April 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 251838. This paper reviews approaches and legislation to identify victims of human trafficking and provide services to support short- and long-term recovery.
Abstract | PDF
 
Office for Victims of Crime TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015-June 2016: Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (September 2017) OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 251074. OVC administers grant funding to enhance services for victims of human trafficking. This brief provides data across three OVC human trafficking grant programs as reported in the Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS).
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

DOJ Grants Financial Guide (December 2017) OJP, 164 pages, NCJ 251462. The DOJ Grants Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OVC award recipients (who received awards after December 26, 2014) in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
Office of Justice Programs Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2016 - FY 2018 (December 2015) OJP, Report, 9 pages, NCJ 249543. This strategic plan describes OJP efforts to strengthen its support for criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. It highlights OJP efforts to deliver proven programs backed by scientific research, as well as innovative initiatives that are evidence-informed and promise demonstrable results in our communities.
Abstract | PDF
 
2016 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2015) OJP, Report, 50 pages, NCJ 249544. 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.
Abstract | HTML
 
OJP Financial Guide 2014 (2014) OJP, 144 pages, NCJ 246955. The OJP Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OVC award recipients (who received awards prior to December 26, 2014) in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Grants & Funding: Managing Grants
To ensure transparent and efficient use of funds, all award recipients are required to meet certain programmatic, financial, and administrative requirements while managing their grant projects. This OVC page provides guidance for current OVC grantees to assist them in managing their awards.
 
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.
 
Performance Measurement Tool (PMT)
The PMT is a reporting system for users to submit performance data about their OVC grants.
 
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.
 
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators
This resource provides information and guidance to help improve the management of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. OVC will also periodically post notifications, updates, and resources for state VOCA administrators.
 

Federal Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and non-profit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
 
CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Uniform Crime Reporting
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.
 
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 
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 Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA)
NAVAA's mission is to advance education, research, and public service to assure accessible quality services for crime victims nationwide, to strengthen exchange of information and communication among its members and to provide its members with training and technical assistance to effectively respond to the issues and challenges of supporting those services.
 
National Multicultural Institute (NMCI)
NMCI works with individuals, organizations, and communities to facilitate personal and systemic change in order to build an inclusive society that is strengthened and empowered by its diversity.
 
Nonprofit Manager Library
Offers a library for nonprofits on categories such as volunteers, fundraising, and creativity and innovation.
 
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 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Adrian Wilairat, J.D., Technical Writer-Editor at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Karen Eisenhut Evans, communications contractor support for OVC, hosted a discussion on Utilizing OVC Publishing Guidelines for Effective Communication

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


FAQs

How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepti... Read More

How do I add my program/organization to the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
Visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Crime Vict... Read More

Who is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
Darlene Hutchinson Biehl 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 2019 VOCA Victim Compensation (PDF 356 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual grant equal to 60 percent of the amount the program awarded in state-funded victim compensation payments during the fiscal year two years prior to the present fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage. The primary purpose of these grants is to supplement state efforts to provide financial compensation to crime victims throughout the Nation for costs resulting from crime, and to encourage victim cooperation and participation in the criminal justice system. Funds under this program shall be used by the states for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by 5:00 p.m. e.t. on July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims (PDF 502 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
OVC seeks to expand the work and lessons learned from OVC's FY 2016 demonstration initiative, "A Pathway to Justice, Healing, and Hope: Addressing Polyvictimization in a Family Justice Center." Purpose Area 1: OVC expects to fund up to six FJCs or similar co-located service model agencies to: implement the validated assessment tool (see Appendix A); increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically; expand case management services to include a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the survivors; and build capacity within their communities to leverage existing and new resources for crime victims. Purpose Area 2: OVC anticipates funding one organization to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites selected under this program. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 VOCA Victim Assistance (PDF 452 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim assistance program an annual grant to support eligible crime victim assistance programs in that state or territory. Funds under this program shall be used by states and territories to support eligible crime victim assistance programs that provide direct services to crime victims with the following exception: states and territories may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by 5:00 p.m. e.t. on July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines (PDF 421 kb)
Deadline: 07/08/2019
This program seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies. Successful applicants will implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 11, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 8, 2019.


FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 428 kb)
Deadline: 06/27/2019
To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 27, 2019.


FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program (PDF 457 kb)
Deadline: 06/26/2019
This program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime. View a change to page 6 at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-EASP-Solicitation-Updates-508.pdf. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 14, 2019, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 26, 2019.


FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 395 kb)
Deadline: 06/25/2019
Through this program, OVC will support national-scope initiatives and regional initiatives (that can be replicated nationally) to maximize the use of technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. Projects could include, but are not limited to: (1) Development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime. (2) Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime. (3) Expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime. Apply by June 25, 2019.


FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 418 kb)
Deadline: 06/04/2019
Many first responders and victim service providers are affected by vicarious trauma, defined as the exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people, because of their repeated exposure to crime victimization. The purpose of this solicitation is to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise (at the national, regional, tribal, state, and local levels), weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in a particular community, and provide free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust established and sustained response to vicarious trauma. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 19, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 4, 2019.


FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization (PDF 425 kb)
Deadline: 05/30/2019
OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce child fatalities. OVC will fund up to five demonstration sites, and the initiative will be carried out in two phases – Phase I: Planning and Phase II: Implementation. The program will use a three-pronged approach: demonstration sites (Purpose Area 1), technical assistance (Purpose Area 2), and an implementation study (competed under a separate FY 2019 solicitation). All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 30, 2019.


FY 2019 Guidance for Invited Applications for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 473 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 domestic terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that the jurisdiction cannot provide needed services to victims of the incident with existing resources and it places an undue financial hardship on the jurisdiction’s ability to respond to victims of other crimes in a timely and comprehensive manner. This is not a competitive solicitation. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

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