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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

National TeleNursing Center (NTC) Sustainability (February 2019) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 253058.
This report evaluates the potential sustainability, and presents unique challenges for expansion, of the National TeleNursing Center, a program established through a multi-year OVC grant.
Abstract | PDF
 
National TeleNursing Center: Program Evaluation Final Report (October 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 76 pages, NCJ 253059.
OVC funded the National TeleNursing Center (NTC) to develop and evaluate telemedicine in providing consultation to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses conducting forensic sexual assault medical examinations in remote and/or underserved hospitals. This report provides an overview of the development of the NTC, presents data on the delivery of services, provides updated results of site clinicians’ experiences with telenursing services, and discusses lessons learned from over five years of project implementation.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 

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 | 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)?
Gary Barnett is the Acting 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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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 FY 2020 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program (PDF 296 kb)
Deadline: 05/29/2020
The primary goal of this funding is to support shelter and transitional housing services to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals. Objectives are to: (1) Increase the number of shelter beds and transitional housing options to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence who need shelter or housing for them and their companion animals. (2) Provide training to local stakeholders on the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals; the needs of victims of domestic violence; best practices for providing, or referring, support services to such victims; and best practices in designing and delivering services that protect victims’ confidentiality. OVC anticipates making up to 5 awards of up to $400,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 14, 2020, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Friday, May 29, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime (PDF 421 kb)
Deadline: 05/26/2020
This program will develop a workforce of direct victim service providers to American Indian and Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ victim service programs will be better able to fill direct victim service positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need. OVC anticipates that it will make awards under two purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in the Continental United States and PA 2: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in Alaska. OVC anticipates making up to 8 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 582 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC and BJA are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces (TFs) to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: help TFs with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary TF. PA 2: allows TFs to compete for funding to expand their TF operations and partnerships, implement TF sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other TFs in the field. Each TF selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner. OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under PA 1 (9 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF and up to 10 awards under PA 2 (5 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF. OVC and BJA will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 393 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking (PDF 444 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18. Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 398 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking. Apply under the following three purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking. PA 2: up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. PA 3: up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 2, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/services-for-victims-of-ht-change.pdf.


OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation Fellow (PDF 295 KB)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
This program will support one fellow at OVC housed within the State Compensation and Assistance Division (SCAD). The individual awarded funding under this program will enhance the efforts of OVC to meet the needs of the crime victim services field by advising OVC on the development and oversight of programs for crime victims, specifically the VOCA Victim Compensation Program. The SCAD Fellow will work with Compensation Administrators to identify what OVC can do to better support states in the administration of state victim compensation programs. OVC anticipates making one award of up to $400,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on March 31, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 354 kb)
Deadline: 05/14/2020
The selected applicant will work with victim service providers assisting trafficking victims, with priority support given to OVC human trafficking grantees, to identify challenges and opportunities to better meet the full range of housing needs of survivors of human trafficking. The selected applicant must be able to assist service providers on a national scale in leveraging existing federal, state, local, and private housing programs and initiatives that trafficking survivors may qualify for, and should demonstrate partnerships with relevant housing stakeholders. OVC anticipates making one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Thursday, May 14, 2020.


FY 2020 OVC Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2020
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology on a national scale (or regional projects that can be replicated nationally) to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 12, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims (PDF 317 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2020
The goal of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to more effectively identify elder fraud victims, allowing law enforcement both to bring the fraudsters to justice and to connect those victims with available services. This program will support the provision of training and technical assistance to both large and small law enforcement agencies in both urban and rural communities. OVC anticipates making up to one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by May 11, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus (PDF 335 kb)
Deadline: 05/07/2020
OVC is seeking applications to establish and/or expand Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs that will offer medical forensic care, advocacy, and other victim services to sexual assault survivors on college campuses. OVC anticipates making up to 16 awards up to $500,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 7, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/05/2020
OVC is seeking applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. OVC anticipates making up to 12 awards up to $500,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 5, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America's Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (PDF 553 kb)
Deadline: 05/04/2020
This program will provide funding to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation's addiction crisis (Purpose Area 1); and training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees (Purpose Area 2). Applicants may apply under only one of the purpose areas. OVC anticipates making up to 25 awards under purpose area 1 of up to $700,000 each and 1 award under purpose 2 of up to $1.5 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. View changes to pages 8 and 21 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-enhancing-community-responses-to-drug-crisis-change.pdf. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 4, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (PDF 822 kb)
Deadline: 04/30/2020
The goal of this program is to deliver programming to address and help stop the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM) under two purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: a training and technical assistance provider will educate law enforcement, public health professionals, educators, and other professionals on detecting at-risk girls and provide support to the project sites. PA 2: project sites will develop services to deliver to victims of FGM and work to increase education, detection, and local partner engagement to address and help stop victimization through FGM. OVC anticipates making one award under PA 1 of up to $1.2 million and up to eight awards under PA 2 of up to $300,000 each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by April 30, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics (PDF 737 kb)
Deadline: 04/27/2020
This initiative is intended to support or expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. Applicants may apply under the following purpose areas: victims’ rights legal clinics that will provide the enforcement of crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice process (Purpose Area 1), and one training and technical assistance provider to provide support to the selected legal clinics (Purpose Area 2). OVC anticipates making up to eight awards under purpose area 1 and one award under purpose 2 of up to $1 million each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 16, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 27, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program (PDF 503 kb)
Deadline: 04/20/2020
The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much-needed services. Awards will be made under four purpose areas based on the type of law enforcement agency (small, mid-size, large, or tribal). Priority will be given to applicants that: (1) address specific challenges that rural communities face, (2) serve high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or (3) offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones). OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on March 3, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 20, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment (PDF 342 kb)
Deadline: 04/20/2020
The goal of this project is to increase awareness of victim compensation programs and interest in seeking victim compensation. To achieve this goal, successful applicants will conduct an assessment of the state's current compensation program, develop an implementation plan based on the assessment, and execute the implementation plan. OVC anticipates making up to 6 awards of up to $350,000 each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on March 5, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 20, 2020.

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

National TeleNursing Center (NTC) Sustainability (February 2019) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 253058. This report evaluates the potential sustainability, and presents unique challenges for expansion, of the National TeleNursing Center, a program established through a multi-year OVC grant.
Abstract | PDF
 
National TeleNursing Center: Program Evaluation Final Report (October 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 76 pages, NCJ 253059. OVC funded the National TeleNursing Center (NTC) to develop and evaluate telemedicine in providing consultation to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses conducting forensic sexual assault medical examinations in remote and/or underserved hospitals. This report provides an overview of the development of the NTC, presents data on the delivery of services, provides updated results of site clinicians’ experiences with telenursing services, and discusses lessons learned from over five years of project implementation.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 

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 | 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.
 
OVC Tribal Financial Management Center
The Center provides financial management training, technical assistance, and resources to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities as they successfully manage the financial aspects of their federal awards. Request onsite technical assistance or virtual assistance by email at tfmc@ovctfmc.org or phone at 703–462–6900.
 
Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS)
TIMS is a password protected data collection tool developed by OVC to assist OVC-funded trafficking victim service providers with collecting, organizing, and reporting performance measurement data. TIMS Online can be used as a case management system and helps collect data related to the number of clients served, client demographics, and number and types of services provided.
 
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

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 for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC)
OVC TTAC provides comprehensive, quality technical assistance and training resources to victim service providers and allied professionals. OVC TTAC can support faith-based organizations by providing conference and workshop speakers; staff and volunteer trainings; and expert, focused assistance in needs assessments, program development, and program evaluation. Faith-based organizations have requested OVC support in serving victims of crime on such issues as grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and ministering to victims of crime.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS is the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions. It provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.
 
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 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.
 
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 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)?
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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)?
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What is victim assistance?
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Funding

OVC FY 2020 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program (PDF 296 kb)
Deadline: 05/29/2020
The primary goal of this funding is to support shelter and transitional housing services to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals. Objectives are to: (1) Increase the number of shelter beds and transitional housing options to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence who need shelter or housing for them and their companion animals. (2) Provide training to local stakeholders on the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals; the needs of victims of domestic violence; best practices for providing, or referring, support services to such victims; and best practices in designing and delivering services that protect victims’ confidentiality. OVC anticipates making up to 5 awards of up to $400,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 14, 2020, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Friday, May 29, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime (PDF 421 kb)
Deadline: 05/26/2020
This program will develop a workforce of direct victim service providers to American Indian and Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ victim service programs will be better able to fill direct victim service positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need. OVC anticipates that it will make awards under two purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in the Continental United States and PA 2: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in Alaska. OVC anticipates making up to 8 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 582 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC and BJA are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces (TFs) to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: help TFs with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary TF. PA 2: allows TFs to compete for funding to expand their TF operations and partnerships, implement TF sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other TFs in the field. Each TF selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner. OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under PA 1 (9 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF and up to 10 awards under PA 2 (5 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF. OVC and BJA will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 393 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking (PDF 444 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18. Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 398 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking. Apply under the following three purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking. PA 2: up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. PA 3: up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 2, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/services-for-victims-of-ht-change.pdf.


OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation Fellow (PDF 295 KB)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
This program will support one fellow at OVC housed within the State Compensation and Assistance Division (SCAD). The individual awarded funding under this program will enhance the efforts of OVC to meet the needs of the crime victim services field by advising OVC on the development and oversight of programs for crime victims, specifically the VOCA Victim Compensation Program. The SCAD Fellow will work with Compensation Administrators to identify what OVC can do to better support states in the administration of state victim compensation programs. OVC anticipates making one award of up to $400,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on March 31, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 354 kb)
Deadline: 05/14/2020
The selected applicant will work with victim service providers assisting trafficking victims, with priority support given to OVC human trafficking grantees, to identify challenges and opportunities to better meet the full range of housing needs of survivors of human trafficking. The selected applicant must be able to assist service providers on a national scale in leveraging existing federal, state, local, and private housing programs and initiatives that trafficking survivors may qualify for, and should demonstrate partnerships with relevant housing stakeholders. OVC anticipates making one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Thursday, May 14, 2020.


FY 2020 OVC Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2020
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology on a national scale (or regional projects that can be replicated nationally) to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 12, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims (PDF 317 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2020
The goal of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to more effectively identify elder fraud victims, allowing law enforcement both to bring the fraudsters to justice and to connect those victims with available services. This program will support the provision of training and technical assistance to both large and small law enforcement agencies in both urban and rural communities. OVC anticipates making up to one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by May 11, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus (PDF 335 kb)
Deadline: 05/07/2020
OVC is seeking applications to establish and/or expand Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs that will offer medical forensic care, advocacy, and other victim services to sexual assault survivors on college campuses. OVC anticipates making up to 16 awards up to $500,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 7, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/05/2020
OVC is seeking applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. OVC anticipates making up to 12 awards up to $500,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 5, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America's Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (PDF 553 kb)
Deadline: 05/04/2020
This program will provide funding to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation's addiction crisis (Purpose Area 1); and training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees (Purpose Area 2). Applicants may apply under only one of the purpose areas. OVC anticipates making up to 25 awards under purpose area 1 of up to $700,000 each and 1 award under purpose 2 of up to $1.5 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. View changes to pages 8 and 21 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-enhancing-community-responses-to-drug-crisis-change.pdf. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 4, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (PDF 822 kb)
Deadline: 04/30/2020
The goal of this program is to deliver programming to address and help stop the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM) under two purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: a training and technical assistance provider will educate law enforcement, public health professionals, educators, and other professionals on detecting at-risk girls and provide support to the project sites. PA 2: project sites will develop services to deliver to victims of FGM and work to increase education, detection, and local partner engagement to address and help stop victimization through FGM. OVC anticipates making one award under PA 1 of up to $1.2 million and up to eight awards under PA 2 of up to $300,000 each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by April 30, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics (PDF 737 kb)
Deadline: 04/27/2020
This initiative is intended to support or expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. Applicants may apply under the following purpose areas: victims’ rights legal clinics that will provide the enforcement of crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice process (Purpose Area 1), and one training and technical assistance provider to provide support to the selected legal clinics (Purpose Area 2). OVC anticipates making up to eight awards under purpose area 1 and one award under purpose 2 of up to $1 million each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 16, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 27, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program (PDF 503 kb)
Deadline: 04/20/2020
The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much-needed services. Awards will be made under four purpose areas based on the type of law enforcement agency (small, mid-size, large, or tribal). Priority will be given to applicants that: (1) address specific challenges that rural communities face, (2) serve high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or (3) offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones). OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on March 3, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 20, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment (PDF 342 kb)
Deadline: 04/20/2020
The goal of this project is to increase awareness of victim compensation programs and interest in seeking victim compensation. To achieve this goal, successful applicants will conduct an assessment of the state's current compensation program, develop an implementation plan based on the assessment, and execute the implementation plan. OVC anticipates making up to 6 awards of up to $350,000 each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on March 5, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 20, 2020.

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