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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

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2018) OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 251052.
The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.
Abstract | HTML
 
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
 

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

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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.


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

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2018) OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 251052. The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.
Abstract | HTML
 
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
 

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.
 
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.
 

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.
 
Grants.gov
Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal grants. Today, Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS, the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions, provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

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.
 
Points of Light Institute
The Points of Light Foundation offers a searchable database by ZIP code or state to find local volunteer centers.
 
TrainingForums.org
Trainingforums.org offers courses on topics, trends and issues relevant to service providers serving domestic violence victims.
 

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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 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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