OVC Fact Sheet
What Is the Office for Victims of Crime?
April 2010
Also available in Spanish


OVC was formally established in 1988 through an amendment to the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Its mission is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims by providing leadership and funding on behalf of crime victims. Full Fact Sheet

Compensation and Assistance Programs Serve Victims
OVC administers two major formula grants for state crime victim compensation and state-administered local assistance programs.

Assisting Victims in Tribal Communities
OVC provides funding to strengthen collaborations between tribal governments and state and federal agencies and to improve services in AI/AN communities.

Responding to Terrorism and Mass Violence at Home and Abroad
OVC's Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve Fund sets aside up to $50 million to ensure that victims of terrorism get the help they need without diverting funds from ongoing, standard victim services.

Program Development, Education, and Outreach Benefit Victims
OVC supports the development of national-scope training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, multimedia publications, and initiatives to respond to emerging issues and gaps in existing services.

Training and Technical Assistance
OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center provides training opportunities for providers and advocates at all levels of victim services.

Information Resources
The OVC Resource Center produces and disseminates information resources for key victim services and criminal justice audiences.

SIDEBAR: Federal Partnerships Develop Innovative Services
The Federal Crime Victims Assistance Fund, the Treasury Offset Program, and the Drug Endangered Children Program are only some of the example of how OVC serves victims through its collaborations with other government agencies.

SIDEBAR: OVC's Most Popular Resources
Some of OVC's most popular means of education and information dissemination are tools designed for its Web site.

SIDEBAR: NCVRW: Honoring Victims, Informing the Public
Each April, OVC sponsors National Crime Victims' Rights Week to honor victims, survivors, and those who serve them throughout the Nation.

OVC's Web Forum


For More Information

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center:

TTY: 1–866–682–8880

OVC Resource Center:

Toll Free: 1–800–851–3420
TTY: 301–947–8374

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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the Nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.