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Your funding sources affect how your information is added to the directory, so please read this section carefully.

Help us build the OVC Online Directory of Crime Victim Services by adding your programs that provide direct servicers to victims of crimes.

Adding to the Directory
Verification and Approval
Content Criteria

Adding to the Directory

Adding your program to the Directory is an easy three-step process: Search, Add, and Submit.

Step 1: Search
Search for your agency by agency name, city, and/or ZIP Code. Be sure to select a state or country and one topic area; select "All" if you are unsure which topic to use.

You may also check the box next to "National" to search by programs that provide services to every state and territory in the United States.

Is your agency listed in the Directory?

Yes. Review your listing carefully. To change your listing, select the "Update Your Listing" button on the Search Results screen.

No. Go to Step 2.

VOCA subgrantees*
To include or update your agency's Web address or description of direct victim services not funded by VOCA, select the "Update" button.

Send agency, contact, and VOCA-funded program updates to your state VOCA administrator. This information will be automatically added to the database.

Step 2: Add  

Non-VOCA subgrantees*
Select "Add Your Agency" on the "Search Results" screen. Enter your agency and contact information, and make selections from each of the following categories:

  • Type of Victimization
  • Type of Service Provided
  • Type of Agency

See the Glossary for a list of terms used in the Directory. If you have difficulty in entering your information, click the "Help" button or contact the database administrator.

VOCA subgrantees*
Do not use the "Add Your Agency" function. VOCA-funded programs are automatically added to the Directory. If you are a new VOCA subgrantee, your agency may not be listed yet. If your agency has received VOCA funds for at least 6 months and is not listed, contact the database administrator.

*Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) subgrantees are organizations that receive funds from the state agency that manages the VOCA-funded victim assistance program and that submit a subgrant award report (SARS) to the state VOCA administrator.

The contact information you submit (name, phone number, and email address) will be used for database administration purposes only. OVC will not share this information with outside agencies or organizations.

Step 3: Submit
Review your entry and click the "Submit" button. The information you provide will be reviewed within 3 to 5 business days, after which you will receive a notice from the database administrator regarding content approval.

Verification and Approval

All information submitted to the database will be reviewed for appropriate content and language. New information will be posted only after it is approved.

Because the Directory serves the crime victim services community, please include only programs related to direct victim services (referred to as "core services" on this website). Additional content criteria guide the verification and approval process.

Content is monitored for the following:

  • Commercial submissions/abuses. The Directory is not a promotional or marketing vehicle for individuals or businesses.
  • Content appropriateness. Listings should promote direct victim services.
  • Verifiable contact information.

Content Criteria

Each submission will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Core services: The primary task of the program or agency must be to provide direct services to victims of crime.
  • Stability: The program or agency must have provided crime victim services for a minimum of 12 months or be a new VOCA subgrantee. The listed services should remain available for the foreseeable future.
  • Audience: The program or agency must be open to the public.
  • Status: The program or agency must be a nonprofit public or private organization that exists for lawful purposes and pursues those purposes by lawful means. Public agencies (including state and local government agencies) also may be included.
  • Content: All contact information must be factual and help users to find victim-related information and services.

Agencies that substantially change their core services and no longer meet the content criteria will be removed from the Directory.

If you have questions about content monitoring, contact the database administrator.

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