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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

The successful applicant will create an accessible, tailored, and integrated technical assistance approach to address vicarious trauma. This project has two stages as outlined below.

Stage 1: Develop a program strategy and plan to directly support up to 15 project sites across the country to develop customized approaches to addressing vicarious trauma response plans that are uniquely tailored to each project site’s victim response efforts/teams.

Stage 2: Establish and carry out a national-scope training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise, and weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in various community sites. Further, the TTA provider will develop and deliver free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust, established, and sustained response to vicarious trauma.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020.

Apply by July 16, 2018.

(Posted June 14, 2018)

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Don’t Miss Out: More than 10 OVC Funding Opportunities Close in July

OVC is seeking applicants for multiple funding opportunities closing in July. Find information about these open solicitations below and click the links to learn more and apply.

FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity
Due: July 2, 2018

FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance
Due: July 2, 2018

FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program
Due: July 2, 2018

FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services
Due: July 2, 2018

FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance
Due: July 5, 2018

FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation
Due: July 5, 2018

FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking
Due: July 5, 2018

FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking
Due: July 9, 2018

FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking
Due: July 9, 2018

FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data
Due: July 9, 2018

FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims
Due: July 10, 2018

FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program
Due: July 16, 2018

FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program
Due: July 18, 2018

View all open OVC funding opportunities on our current funding opportunities page.

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(Posted June 13, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking under the following two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Funding under this purpose area will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Addressing Barriers to Identifying and Assisting Labor Trafficking Victims
Funding under this purpose area will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 8, 2018)

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FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation has two categories, each with its own specific goals, activities, and objectives.

Category 1: Statewide or Tribal Jurisdictionwide Response
The first category seeks applications for up to three state or tribal jurisdictions to identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdictionwide strategy to address these challenges.

Category 2: Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program
The applicant funded under Category 2 will provide training and technical assistance and resources to support OVC and all OVC grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (Both those newly funded in FY 2018 under category 1 and the 6 previously funded grantees).

OVC expects to make up to three awards under Category 1 of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. Under Category 2, OVC expects to make one award for up to $600,000. OVC expects to make the awards for a 3-year period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 7, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance solicitation.

This solicitation will fund one organization to provide comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to support state-level demonstration projects funded under OVC’s Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth (LSC) Demonstration Initiative.

The LSC approach seeks to ensure every child entering various systems is assessed for victimization; that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs; and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The TTA provider selected through this solicitation will actively engage with the four existing demonstration sites and will offer a wide range of TTA through varied delivery modes to support the demonstration sites through the planning, where applicable, and implementation of the initiative.

OVC anticipates that it will make one award of up to $2 million for a 30-month period.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation solicitation.

OVC seeks applications which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims.

These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims.

Projects proposed under this program must be built on collaborative partnerships that are national in scope to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs and provide enhanced or improved services for these victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards of up to $500,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3,000,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Through this solicitation, OVC and BJA will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces under the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces
Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 1. FY 2018 Purpose Area 2 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to support continued task force activities and develop a plan for task force sustainability.

Purpose Area 3: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 2. FY 2018 Purpose Area 3 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OVC and BJA in building capacity of other task forces in the field, by providing mentoring and peer support to newly established task forces.

OVC and BJA will conduct one pre-application webinar on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC and BJA staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation.

The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community.

OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities.

Apply by July 18, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance solicitation.

This initiative is intended to expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. One managing training and technical assistance (TTA) provider will be selected under this initiative, which, in turn, will competitively select up to six subgrantee clinics.

OVC expects to make one award totaling $6.9 million to the managing TTA provider for a 3-year project period beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC expects to distribute these funds as follows:

  1. (a) approximately $900,000 for the managing TTA provider; and
  2. (b) approximately $6 million for six crime victims’ rights clinics ($1 million per site).

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program solicitation in two purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program
Purpose Area 1 supports direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new, or enhance existing, law enforcement-based victim service programs and partnerships in high-crime areas to improve rights and services for victims.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards under Purpose Area 1 across all jurisdictional categories (small, medium, large, and tribal) with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $21.51 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Purpose Area 2 -- Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Technical Assistance
Funding under Purpose Area 2 will support a technical assistance program to help build the capacity of the Purpose Area 1 sites to better serve all victims of crime.

OVC expects to make one cooperative agreement award under Purpose Area 2 to a successful applicant that can demonstrate experience providing technical assistance to victim-serving organizations. OVC expects to make an estimated total award up to $2.25 million, for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Wednesday, June 13, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

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Participate in Calls about the Crime Victims Fund Tribal Set-Aside

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to discuss the administration of the Fiscal Year 2018 tribal set-aside to enhance services for tribal victim services.

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice created a 3 percent set-aside in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) receipts allocated to OVC. OVC is responsible for administering grant award programs that are supported by the CVF, including the FY 2018 tribal set-aside.

Participate in a series of telephone calls about the set-aside that will be held between June 12, 2018 and June 14, 2018. For more information, visit OVC’s FY 2018 Tribal Set Aside page.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

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Submit Your Nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

National Crime Victims' Service AwardsThe prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.

Do you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized? If so, submit your nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by August 1, 2018.

The recipients will be honored at the annual National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Mailing List for updates about the 2019 NCVRW observation, April 7–13, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data solicitation.

The individual awarded funding under this fellowship will enhance the efforts of OVC and BJS to improve the synthesis and translation of social science research and statistical findings to inform practice and policies in the victim services field.

The successful candidate must demonstrate substantial knowledge of data and research related to victimization and victim services, and have the skills to communicate orally and in writing with a broad audience of stakeholders. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in statistics or survey methodology.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $400,000 under this program. OVC expects to make the award for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC and BJS will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC and BJS staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program solicitation.

Many victims of crime, and particularly those from limited English proficient (LEP), Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services.

This program will support community-based organizations in addressing the language access and service needs of victims of all types of crime and will promote innovation and collaboration in affected communities. This solicitation has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in linguistically specific communities.

Purpose Area 2
OVC will make one award of up to $600,000 to one technical assistance provider who will support community-based service providers and allied professionals in meeting language access and service needs of crime victims.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar at 3:00 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with participants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 16, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services solicitation.

In an effort to expand the use of hospitals and other medical facilities as an entry point to increase support for victims of crime, improve their outcomes, and prevent chances for repeat victimization, this solicitation will fund applicants under two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Demonstration Project
Up to eight demonstration sites will be selected to implement or expand hospital-based/affiliated programs to support crime victims using evidence-based models and practices with victim-centered approaches.

Purpose Area 2: TA Project
One entity will be selected to provide comprehensive TA to the demonstration sites and develop TA tools and resources to support the initiative.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar online.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis.

This solicitation has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1 (Direct Services)
Applicants will develop and execute plans to support children and youth directly at the community or jurisdictional level. Applicants are expected to work with an OVC-designated national training and technical assistance provider to further enhance these efforts and contribute to the growing body of knowledge about these issues and underscore successful practices.

Purpose Area 2 (TTA)
Applicants will develop and activate plans to support the direct services applicants on a national scale to equip and support the community-based programs as they develop new initiatives or enhance existing efforts.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018,. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 10, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 14, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity solicitation.

OVC seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to—

  • 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 expects to make an unspecified number of awards of up to $750,000 with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 12–36 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 5. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted May 29, 2018; updated June 13, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

This program will provide project funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that propose to develop, use, and strategize the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and provide information, referral, crisis assistance, and longer term help.

Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national or nationally replicable scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2.25 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded up to $15 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021)

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021) solicitation.

The successful applicant will support the 2019 and 2021 VOCA National Training Conferences and the 2020 regional training conferences for State VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and their staff.

The conferences are intended to provide training and technical assistance and facilitate an opportunity for the presentation of state issues and practices through lectures, panels, workshops, and forums.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 total ($200,000 per year), for a 3-year period of performance, beginning October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 26, 2018.

(Posted May 22, 2018)

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Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

We at OVC extend our condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/santa-fe-texas.html.

(Posted May 18, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund VOCA Victim Assistance Program state administering agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to provide training within the applicant’s state.

Activities funded through this program may include, but are not limited to—

  • the establishment or enhancement of state victim assistance academies,
  • statewide training initiatives,
  • crime victim-related conferences,
  • basic training for new programs, or
  • scholarships to attend conferences and/or training for service providers and others who work with victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 30 awards of up to $1.5 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $12 million. The anticipated period of performance for these grants will be from the award date through September 30, 2021.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 22, 2018 During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 18, 2018.

(Posted May 17, 2018; Updated June 5, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of the priority areas listed below—

  1. housing services,
  2. economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services,
  3. mental health services,
  4. substance abuse services, and
  5. legal services.

OVC expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $14 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

Successful applicants will provide specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to service providers and court personnel in three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Legal Services
The overarching goal of this purpose area is to enhance the quality and quantity of legal services provided to victims of human trafficking by assisting legal and social service providers to protect their client’s legal rights, particularly victims’ rights, and the civil legal remedies and legal resources available to them.

Purpose Area 2: Trauma-Informed Responses and Services
The overall goal of this purpose area is for a technical assistance provider to assist trafficking victim service providers through a process of becoming trauma-informed.

Purpose Area 3: Increased Identification, Referrals, and Assistance of Human Trafficking in Court Settings
The purpose of this TTA program is to increase accurate identification of human trafficking victims in court settings, enhance victim referrals to appropriate service providers, and to decrease the re-victimization of trafficking victims who interact with the justice system.

OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking solicitation, OVC is seeking applicants to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one of three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services
Purpose Area 1 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads
Purpose Area 2 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 3: Capacity Building
Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations (e.g., victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and/or runaway and homeless youth, etc.) but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model due to limited staff and/or partnerships to fully meet the needs of human trafficking victims.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 24, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 10, 2018, updated June 5, 2018)

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Resources are Available to Help Ensure Services to Older Americans

During Older Americans Month, OVC encourages agencies to renew their commitment to serving older Americans.

The U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative provides resources to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation and encourages victims to report abuse.

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, we have created a series of webinars in partnership with the Elder Justice Initiative. Watch the Elder Justice Initiative recorded webinars which provide critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.

Find additional resources on the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of our site.

(Posted May 4, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowEvery April since the first National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) was observed in 1981, OVC has supported local communities throughout the nation in their NCVRW observances. Victim service providers conduct rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of other events during this week to promote awareness of victims' rights and needs.

The successful applicant for the FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects solicitation will provide financial and technical assistance to approximately 90 communities nationwide to conduct public education and awareness activities on crime victims' rights and services in their jurisdictions during the 2019 NCVRW observance.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000, for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 18, 2018.

(Posted May 3, 2018)

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OVC Video Discusses How Law Enforcement Enhances Services to Victims of Crime

National Police Week will be observed this year, the week of May 13–19, 2018. As OVC commemorates this annual event recognizing the contributions and sacrifice of law enforcement, OVC announces the release of a new video, OVC Partnerships With Law Enforcement.

Law enforcement personnel are often the first contact that victims of crime have. It is therefore critical that law enforcement—

  • understand the needs of crime victims,
  • have the skills to provide a trauma-informed response, and
  • have resources to help address work-related exposure to trauma.

This 6-minute video discusses OVC-sponsored programs and resources to enhance the delivery of services to victims of crime by law enforcement agencies.

Find more law enforcement resources on our May Featured Resources page during National Police Week.

(Posted May 3, 2018)

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Did You Miss the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony?

On April 13, 2018, OVC honored 12 individuals, teams, programs, and organizations for their outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony.

If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late. View a recording of the ceremony on our Facebook page or a transcript of the ceremony.

Learn more about the recipients in the recording of the Awards Ceremony.

(Posted April 24, 2018)

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson speaks at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson speaks at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

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Announcing the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients

Meet this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients. The following individuals, programs, teams, and organizations were recognized during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C.:

  • Joye E. Frost, Former OVC Director, Washington, DC: Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services

  • William Citty, Chief of Police, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma City, OK: Allied Professional Award

  • Dawne Lomangino-DiMauro, LCSW, Director, Statewide Human Trafficking Services, Galloway, NJ: Crime Victims' Rights Award

  • Kevin F. Rivers, Detective, Gila River Police Department, Sacaton, AZ and Sherry C. Rice, Special Agent, FBI-Phoenix Division, Phoenix, AZ: Federal Service Award

  • Shawn Partridge, MSW, Director, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program, Okmulgee, OK: National Crime Victim Service Award

  • Tina L. Fox, State Director of Victim Services, Tennessee Board of Parole, Nashville, TN: National Crime Victim Service Award

  • Debra McCall Reed, Director of Victim Services, Delaware State Police Department, Dover, DE: National Crime Victim Service Award

  • Casey Gwinn, President, Alliance for Hope International, San Diego, CA: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award

  • Michelle L. Kuiper, Survivor Advocate, Louisville, KY: Special Courage Award

  • Shelby Kay Looper, Victim Advocate Director, Muncie Police Department, Muncie, IN: Tomorrow's Leaders Award

  • Victim Services Unit Volunteers, Travis County Sheriff's Office, Austin, TX: Volunteer for Victims Award

  • Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC: Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:

Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive notification about the nomination period for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

(Posted April 5, 2018, Revised April 13, 2018)

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Now Available: 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekThe complete 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This year, NCVRW will be commemorated April 8–14.

Recent data show that fewer than half of victims report violent crimes. This year's NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. To reach all victims, we must–

  • build relationships by reaching out, listening, and delivering culturally competent services;
  • engage our community across professional, cultural, economic, and other divides; and
  • remove barriers to reporting, safety, and accessing services.

Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.

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.

(Posted March 5, 2018)

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Support for Victims of the School Shootings in Parkland, Florida and Benton, Kentucky

OVC staff extend our deepest sympathy to the victims of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.

The following resources may be able to help victims, families, and the community, as well as the victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are assisting them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/parkland-fl-benton-ky.html

(Posted February 15, 2018)

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35 Years After President Reagan Changed the Treatment of Crime Victims

Today, December 20, 2017, marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the Final Report from President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime. In a comprehensive assessment of how crime victims nationwide were being treated in 1982, the task force determined that the criminal justice system often treated survivors with disinterest, and services to help victims heal from their trauma were sorely lacking. This watershed report resulted in many critical actions – including the enactment of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, the creation of the Crime Victims Fund, and the establishment of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Also, crime victims compensation systems were set up around the country to reimburse survivors for the expenses they incurred because of crime, and finally victims' RIGHTS were delineated in many state constitutions, statutes, and in federal law.


Final Report from President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime

President's Task Force on Victims of Crime
Final Report
December 1982

These actions represent enduring support for victims. The Crime Victims Fund provides millions of dollars in victim compensation and direct services for millions of individuals around the country each year. And OVC champions innovative programs to support victims and build capacity of victim service organizations throughout the nation.

Thirty-five years ago, Task Force Chairman Lois Haight Herrington wrote:

"You must know what it is to have your life wrenched and broken, to realize that you will never really be the same. Then you must experience what it means to survive, only to be blamed and used and ignored by those you thought were there to help you. Only when you are willing to confront all these things will you understand what victimization means."

This moving statement still holds true today and guides my actions as Director of the Office for Victims of Crime. It is truly an honor to lead OVC as it continues to help move the field forward to serve victims everywhere, and I am so personally grateful to the trailblazers like President Reagan, Judge Herrington, and so many others who've worked diligently to get us to this stage!

Darlene Hutchinson
Director
Office for Victims of Crime

(Posted December 20, 2017)

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Fewer than Half of Victims Report Violent Crimes

The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released its latest estimates of crime from the National Crime Victimization Survey, one of two national measures of crime rates in the United States.

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson, a survivor of violent crime herself, posted a blog recently responding to the findings from the latest victimization survey. In the blog, Director Hutchinson points out that only 42 percent of the violent crime victims report the offenses to police and she stresses that “OVC is committed to continuing to reach the unserved and meet the needs of even more survivors."

Read the Office of Justice Programs blog to learn more about why many victims of crime don't report their victimization and how OVC is committed to reaching these victims.


58% of victims of violent crimes do not report their offenses to police.

58% of victims of violent crimes do not report their offenses to police.

(Posted December 15, 2017)

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Reports Showcase the Services OVC Grantees Provide to Human Trafficking Victims

OVC administers the largest amount of federal grant funding to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking in the United States.

The OVC Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) serves as a centralized repository for grant-required performance metrics and case-specific information.

To highlight the activities and achievements of OVC grantees, OVC created four TIMS snapshot reports for the period of July 2015 through June 2016. These grantees served 5,582 clients during the period, a significant increase over previous years.

Learn more about how OVC is working to improve the services available to human trafficking victims in these TIMS snapshot reports:

Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 325 kb)

Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program (PDF 363 kb)

Comprehensive Services for All Victims of Human Trafficking Program (PDF 352 kb)

Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program (PDF 323 kb)

For more information on OVC's anti-trafficking efforts and available resources, visit our human trafficking website.

(Posted November 27, 2017)

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More Than $130 Million Awarded to Improve Tribal Victim Services and Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced more than $130 million in grant awards to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to enhance victim services, address violence against women, improve public safety, and support youth programs.

Through two purpose areas of the U.S. Department of Justice's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), OVC awarded funds to more than 20 tribes.

CTAS is a consolidated tribal-specific grant program which seeks to help address the disproportionate rates of violence and victimization in AI/AN communities and significant obstacles to culturally relevant services.

(Posted November 14, 2017)

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Support for Victims of the Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

OVC staff extend our condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The following resources may be able to help victims, families, and the community, as well as the victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are assisting them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/sutherland-springs-texas.html.

(Posted November 7, 2017)

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Support for Victims of the Terrorist Attack in New York City

We at OVC convey our deepest sympathies to the victims of the terrorist attack on a bike path in the West Side of Lower Manhattan, to their friends, families, and witnesses of this event.

OVC shares the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/new-york-city.html.

(Posted November 3, 2017)

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Funding Awarded to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Victims

Image of human traffickingThe Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently announced more than $25 million in funding to combat human trafficking.

A recent blog post by OJP's Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson demonstrates how OVC and our OJP partners are working to improve critical services to victims of human trafficking.

OJP's anti-trafficking work is led by OVC, which manages the largest amount of federal funding to assist victims of human trafficking, as well as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which works with OVC to jointly support human trafficking task forces composed of victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other key partners.

For more information on OVC's anti-trafficking efforts and available resources, visit our human trafficking website.

(Posted October 12, 2017)

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Giving Victims of Sexual Assault the Care They Need

Research shows that using a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to conduct forensic examinations contributes to higher prosecution and conviction rates. But what if the victim lives hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital that employs a registered nurse who has completed specialized education and training to provide forensic examinations to sexual assault patients?

Learn how OVC's support of innovative telemedicine programs is making the best tools available to help victims of sexual assault in a recent blog post by Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson.

These telemedicine programs employ real-time patient care support and ongoing training through live video interface to help ensure that all victims receive compassionate, victim-centered care.

(Posted October 10, 2017)

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Tribute to Christine (Chris) Edmunds

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Chris Edmunds, a champion for victims' rights and the advancement of education and training for victim service professionals, passed away on September 14, 2017. She was 62.

An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the rights of crime victims, Chris' contributions to the victims' rights field shaped how crime victims are supported today.

Chris began her career at the National Organization for Victim Assistance, where she served as chief lobbyist and helped successfully advocate for the passage of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984. Later, she served as the Director of Program Development at the National Center for Victims of Crime before working with OVC as a contractor.

At OVC, Chris assisted former OVC Director Aileen Adams to author OVC's New Directions from the Field – Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century, which was the guiding vision of OVC prior to its Vision 21 initiative.

Chris co-founded the National Victim Assistance Academy and was instrumental in the organization's Train-the-Trainer and the Leadership in Victim Services programs—both of which were built into the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center's training platform.

An adjunct professor at Washburn University and California State University, Fresno, Chris taught courses on victims' rights and services. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1979 and completed the Washington Representative Program at George Washington University in 1984.

OVC expresses its deep appreciation for all that Chris has accomplished to advance victim advocacy, rights, and services.

(Posted October 5, 2017)

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Darlene Hutchinson Biehl Named OVC Director

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OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson
Biehl with Acting Assistant
Attorney General Alan Hanson

Darlene Hutchinson Biehl was sworn in as Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in August 2017.

With more than 20 years of experience in victim advocacy, Ms. Hutchinson has had an active role passing legislation, advancing public policy, teaching at police academies, and working directly with victims and their families.

Prior to joining OVC, Ms. Hutchinson honed her expertise as a victim advocate by volunteering for 10 years at rape crisis centers in Alabama and Texas, and served for 7 years as president of a victims' support and advocacy group in Montgomery, Ala.

For 6 years, Ms. Hutchinson played a key role in the development of Alabama's innovative victim notification system and was part of the small team responsible for the passage and ratification of Alabama's Victims' Constitutional Amendment in 1994–95.

She first became aware of the inadequacies of the justice system and the needs of crime victims after being kidnapped at gunpoint from a small-town post office when she was only 20. Blindfolded and tied, Ms. Hutchinson escaped on the second day and assisted in the apprehension and prosecution of the offender. Following a plea, the kidnapper served 20 years in prison.

Ms. Hutchinson became inspired to help other survivors navigate the complex criminal justice system and has been a champion for victims' rights.

(Posted October 4, 2017)

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Support for Victims of the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

OVC extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting at the country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to their friends and families. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/las-vegas-nevada.html.

(Posted October 3, 2017)

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Past Announcements

May 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applicants for the FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide cooperative agreement.

The successful applicant will support the development of a comprehensive Resource Guide for use by the victim services field when planning for local National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) events across the nation in April 2019, and throughout the year. Furthermore, the successful applicant will develop and produce a complementary theme video to use in 2019 and begin preparations for the 2020 NCVRW theme narrative.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $400,000. OVC expects to make the award for an 18-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Learn more and apply for FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide grant.

Apply by May 30, 2018.

(Posted May 1, 2018)

April 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation, OVC seeks to provide resources and coordination to increase AI/AN tribal communities' ability to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate services to crime victims, their families, and the community.

OVC anticipates making up to two awards of up to $1.5 million each for an estimated total of $3 million for a 3-year project period. Successful applicants will assist OVC in supporting the TTA needs of AI/AN communities that receive grant funds from OVC.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program funding opportunity.

Apply by May 31, 2018.

(Posted April 17, 2018)

Watch the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony Online

Each year, OVC recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are selected from public nominations in 11 categories for their vision, action, and leadership in improving the lives of victims in the aftermath of crime. The honorees are recognized at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony, which will be held April 13 at 2:00 p.m. e.t.

Watch the Facebook Live Stream of the Ceremony. To view the ceremony on Facebook, simply “Like” the OVC Facebook page and login to your account prior to the start of the ceremony. We recommend that you check your Facebook settings, to ensure that you receive notifications for Live events.

Learn more about the awardees in the OVC Gallery.

(Posted April 9, 2018)

March 2018

Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success Webinar

Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT)As part of OVC's commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC will host a webinar on April 11, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. e.t., that focuses on evidence-based strategies for your organization to address vicarious trauma.

Due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence, vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering in the fields of victim services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, and other allied professions.

This webinar will provide a starting point for an organizational response to vicarious trauma by highlighting the compelling need for it.

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekReleased in April 2017, OVC's Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) is an evidence-informed resource for organizations that work with people who have experienced trauma. This training will show how organizations can use VTT to become trauma informed and support an organization's plan to address trauma.

Learn more and register for the NCVRW Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success webinar.

(Posted March 22, 2018)

Register for the NCVRW: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign Webinar

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery year in April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).

On March 15, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. e.t., join experts Anne Seymour, NCVRW Community Awareness Projects consultant, and Tara Ballesteros, National Center for Victims of Crime, for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign webinar on how to raise awareness about victims' rights and services during NCVRW and beyond.

Topics to be discussed during the webinar include—

  • a history and overview of NCVRW, and the importance of community outreach;
  • ways to use the resources and artwork from the NCVRW Resource Guide;
  • how to organize a planning committee, establish goals, and create a timetable;
  • how to create impactful messaging on traditional and social media; and
  • an overview of this year's theme “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.”

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions prior to the conclusion of the event.

Register today for the webinar.

(Posted March 7, 2018)

February 2018

2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.

Join OVC at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.

When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 13, 2018
Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC  20408
Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.

Learn more about the ceremony and register to attend.

(Posted February 28, 2018)

January 2018

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now Available

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now AvailableWe are pleased to present the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide theme artwork, theme poster, awareness posters, and web artwork. This artwork is designed to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year's NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. Use these materials to join the nationwide effort to raise awareness about victims' rights and services.

Available in both English and Spanish, view and download the 2018 NCVRW artwork today.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to be notified when the complete Resource Guide is available.

(Posted January 19, 2018)

Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is a tragic human rights issue and horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our Nation. With increased awareness, improved services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support survivors throughout their recovery. Every January, we commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking. In an effort to help communities prepare for local events throughout January, we highlight the following OVC resources—

Image of PDF for Faces of Human Trafficking Resource GuideFaces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
This award-winning multidisciplinary resource can be used to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

This resource includes nine videos, a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters. The guide can be viewed online or a limited quantity of physical copies may be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (shipping and handling fees will be applied.)

Image of eguide for Human Trafficking Task Force E-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force E-Guide
Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this Guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.

Its purpose is to assist in the development and day-to-day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and effective task force operations.

Human Trafficking Weblet
This online tool contains a wealth of resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

(Posted January 11, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its OVC Funding OpportunityFiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). CTAS provides comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention.

CTAS applicants have the flexibility to submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine purpose areas, including two administered by OVC:

  • Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (CTVA): CTVA supports tribal program response to victims of crime, their families, and communities and provides funding to support trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic victim services.

  • Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (CJA): CJA supports the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse and comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and their families in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally competent.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the CTAS solicitation website. This site provides FAQs, templates, and other materials that will help guide you through the application process.

Additionally, view the OVC 2018 CTAS FAQs which help guide you through the application process and create a stronger application.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on March 20, 2018.

(Posted January 3, 2018)

December 2017

Stay Informed: Join the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Mailing List

Expand the Circle: Reach All VictimsThe theme for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), to be observed April 8–14, 2018, is Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list or update your preferences to receive email notification when the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide is available online.

Join the NCVRW Mailing List.

Access to the customizable online 2018 Theme Poster is available for immediate download.

(Posted December 7, 2017)

November 2017

Deadline Approaching: NCVRW 2018 Printed Poster

Expand the Circle: Reach All VictimsThe theme for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), to be observed April 8–14, 2018, is Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list or update your preferences by December 6 to ensure you receive the printed theme poster.

Join now

Additional educational materials and details about the National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period and ceremony will also be sent via the listserv when available. Access to the digital customizable poster is available for immediate download.

(Posted November 30, 2017)

September 2017

Funding Opportunity: 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, under a cooperative agreement with OVC, is seeking proposals for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 8-14, 2018.

At least 60 communities will receive awards up to $5,000 each in reimbursement for approved activities, including public events; mass media advertising; and production, publication, and distribution of printed materials.

Learn more and apply on the CAP website. Apply by October 16, 2017.

(Posted September 22, 2017)

Now Available: New Materials for 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Image of 2018 NCVRW Color PaletteThe 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette and a customizable copy of the 2018 NCVRW Theme Poster are now available.

Colors: Navy, pink, and teal. Download the 2018 NCVRW color palette (PDF 565 kb).

Theme Poster: Download a customizable 2018 NCVRW Theme Poster (PDF 241 kb).

NCVRW will be commemorated April 8–14, 2018, and this year's theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. This year's theme addresses –

  • how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support, and
  • how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.

Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including the release of the 2018 Resource Guide.

(Posted September 14, 2017)

August 2017

Nominate a Colleague for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

The 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period has been extended to August 14, 2017.

Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Watch the video and submit your nomination.

Submissions close Monday, August 14, 2017.

(Posted August 1, 2017)

July 2017

Department of Justice Renews Commitment to Protecting Nation Against Hate Crimes

In a recent speech at the 2017 Hates Crimes Summit, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions states that "No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship."

In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) created a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety and this task force will accomplish its work through five subcommittees, including one on hate crimes. OVC is one of the components serving on this subcommittee, along with the DOJ Community Relations Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Community Oriented Policing Office, and the DOJ Criminal Division.

Attorney General Sessions has "asked the subcommittee to explore ways to expand and improve training for federal, state, and local prosecutors and investigators on hate crimes; how we can work better with affected communities and our state and local law enforcement partners; and how we can improve our data collection on hate crimes."

(Posted July 3, 2017)

June 2017

Watch Video Explaining National Crime Victims' Service Awards Nomination Process

OVC has created a video to provide you with tips and tools for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards application.

The video includes information about submission requirements, a short demo of the online nomination form, and tips for submitting a noteworthy nomination.

Watch the video and submit your nomination today.

Nominations are due by July 31, 2017.

(Posted June 28, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime

The OVC FY 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 537 kb) solicitation seeks to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim service providers, and mental health service providers so that communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims.

OVC anticipates that it will make awards under five purpose areas.

  1. Purpose Area 1: Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Crime Victim Advocates—Help victim service providers properly identify crime victims who may be exhibiting signs of suicidality, refer them to appropriate mental health services, and support their access to such services.

  2. Purpose Area 2: Increasing Access to Victim Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Who Have a Serious Mental Illness—Increase the capacity of both victim service providers and mental health service providers to provide mental health services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have severe mental illness.
    1. Purpose Area 2A: Funding for Direct Services—Successful applicants will (a) aid domestic violence and sexual assault services providers with properly identifying victims who have a serious mental illness, referring them to mental health services treatment, and adapting their operational policies and procedures; and (b) assist mental health service providers with revising their intake/assessment procedures and referring clients to specialized domestic violence or sexual assault resources.

    2. Purpose Area 2B: Training and Technical Assistance— Provide TTA to successful applicants under Purpose Area 2A, in order to increase their capacity to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have a severe mental illness.
  3. Purpose Area 3: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services to Traditionally Underserved Victims of Crime—For purposes of this program, traditionally underserved victims of crime include, individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT); American Indians and Alaska Natives; individuals who are limited English proficient (LEP); and individuals who reside in rural communities.
    1. Purpose Area 3A: Funding for Direct Services—Successful applicants will develop and implement projects that use technology and other innovative practices to reach these populations.

    2. Purpose Area 3B: Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)—Provide TTA to successful applicants under Purpose Area 2A in order to increase their capacity to overcome barriers to accessing mental health services for members of underserved populations.

See pp. 15-16 for updated applicant eligibility information for Purpose Areas 2A and 3A, and p. 22 for updated performance measures for Purpose Area 3A.

Download the solicitation (PDF 537 kb)

Apply by August 10, 2017

(Posted June 27, 2017; Updated July 27, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

OVC recognizes that federal, state, local, and tribal government and organizations must become better prepared and equipped to appropriately plan for, respond to, and fully support victims and communities affected by, mass violence.

The goal of the FY 2017 Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (PDF 272 kb) solicitation is to establish a Mass Violence Center. Working collaboratively with OVC, the successful applicant will develop a national victim-centric framework, applicable to various jurisdictions, which addresses best practices in preparing for and responding to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism through training and technical assistance, identifying/creating best practices, and expanding expertise in this field.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $18,000,000 for a 36-month performance period, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Download the solicitation (PDF 272 kb).

Apply by August 9, 2017.

(Posted June 26, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Developing Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country

Through the FY 2017 Developing Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country (PDF 216 kb) solicitation, OVC seeks to further cultivate a workforce focused on providing services to American Indian/Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations.

By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in the early stages of their post-secondary education and career, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs' victim service programs will hopefully have an easier time filling victim service positions in remote Indian Country or Alaska Native locations.

Successful applicant(s) under this solicitation will be expected to —

  1. establish and administer a structured program that links students interested in victim service careers (and studying relevant disciplines) to internship opportunities with either a BIA or tribally run victim service program;
  2. provide any necessary guidance and training to students participating in the program; and
  3. evaluate the program.

OVC expects to make up to three awards of up to $450,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1.35 million.

Download the solicitation (PDF 216 kb).

Apply by August 9, 2017.

(Posted June 26, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs

Through the FY 2017 Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs (PDF 544 kb) solicitation, OVC will provide, in total, approximately $8.15 million in funding for legal services for three distinct projects that will enhance legal access for crime victims, foster technological innovation, and provide training and technical assistance to those involved in the initiatives.

OVC anticipates that it will make awards under three distinct purpose areas.

  • Purpose Area 1 – Increase Capacity and Access to Civil Legal Help for Crime Victims Through Legal Fellows Program (Legal Fellows Program) - one award, up to $4,000,000, for a 2-year performance period.

  • Purpose Area 2 – Using Technology/Other Innovations to Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas - one award, up to $3,150,000, for a 3-year performance period.

  • Purpose Area 3 – Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) – Legal Partnerships Increasing Medical Care Advocacy to Crime Victims - one award, up to $1,000,000, for a 2-year performance period.

Note:

Purpose:

The purpose of this note is to clarify language in the OVC FY 2017 Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs solicitation. Specifically, questions have been asked about whether the requirement in Purpose Area 1 (pages 5-6) to competitively select a TTA provider applies where the applicant identifies a TTA provider in their application to OVC, as opposed to selecting a TTA provider after the OVC award is made.

Clarification:

Applicants that identify an organization in their application to OVC as the proposed subaward TTA provider are not required to further compete that subaward, assuming that the applicant is selected as a Purpose Area 1 grant recipient by OVC. The proposed TTA subaward organization will be reviewed as part of the applicant's overall proposal in OVC's competitive award process. Applicants that receive Purpose Area 1 funding, but did not identify a TTA provider in their application, are required to select the TTA subaward organization through a competitive process post-award.

Download the solicitation (PDF 544 kb).

Apply by July 18, 2017.

(Posted June 16, 2017; Updated June 29, 2017)

Funding Webinar: Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs

On June 29, 2017, at 1 p.m. (eastern time), join OVC for a webinar that will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs solicitation (PDF 544 kb).

The presenters will discuss the three distinct Purpose Areas under this funding opportunity which is designed to enhance and expand legal access for crime victims. A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

Register for the webinar

(Posted June 19, 2017)

OVC-Supported Website Helps Advocates Working to End Homelessness for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Victims of domestic and sexual violence face daunting barriers when trying to access safe and affordable housing.

The recently launched Safe Housing Partnerships website provides resources and tools that support victim advocates and providers at the critical intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and housing.

Safe Housing Partnerships is supported by the Office on Violence Against Women, OVC, and other federal partners.

Visit SafeHousingPartnerships.org to learn more.

(Posted June 9, 2017)

OJP Blog Post Highlights Efforts by OVC to Support Law Enforcement

Our nation's law enforcement officers are often the first to interact with victims of crime, placing them in a critical position to meet the needs of victims. At the Office for Victims of Crime, we've developed the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims strategy, which helps law enforcement officers compassionately and effectively meet the needs of crime victims.

We recently recognized National Police Week, and this strategy was one of a few OVC programs highlighted in a blog post by Alan R. Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). In his blog, Acting Assistant Attorney General Hanson discusses the ongoing efforts at OJP to provide tools, technology, and grants to law enforcement agencies across the country.

Read more about OJP efforts to give our nation's law enforcement agencies the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively and to respond to meet the needs of crime victims.

(Posted June 1, 2017)

May 2017

Funding Opportunity: Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Through the FY 2017 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation (PDF 271 kb) solicitation OVC seeks applicants to better protect older Americans by improving identification of elder abuse and enhancing response and outreach to victims in three innovation grant categories:

  • Combating Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Through Technology.
  • Increasing Justice for Older Americans.
  • Focusing on Victims by Identifying and Remedying Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation.

Innovation projects should focus on improving the capacity of the crime victims' field to provide trauma-informed, culturally competent, comprehensive services to victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation.

OVC expects to make at least six total awards (at least two in each category) totaling $3,250,000 under this solicitation.

Download the solicitation (PDF 271 kb).

Apply by June 28, 2017.

(Posted May 30, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

Through the FY 2017 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 204 kb) solicitation OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance use of technology initiatives on a national scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime.

OVC seeks to address three areas, which may intersect depending on the applicant's proposed activities and project strategy. These are:

  1. Coalition building.
  2. Development of new national apps or creation of other technology platforms designed to serve victims of crime, including updates and maintenance for the length of the award.
  3. Expanding or enhancing (including updates and maintenance) existing service and hotline digital, online, text platforms and apps that use technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 5 awards between $500,000–$1.4 million each.

Download the solicitation (PDF 204 kb).

Apply by June 23, 2017.

(Posted May 25, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Action Partnerships for National Membership, Professional Affiliation, and Community Service Organizations: Post-Conviction Services to Victims of Crime

Post-conviction victim services and advocacy are critical to ensure that crime victims understand their legal rights and the process through the entire continuum of their involvement with the juvenile justice and/or criminal justice systems.

Under the OVC FY 2017 Action Partnerships for National Membership, Professional Affiliation, and Community Service Organizations: Post-Conviction Services to Victims of Crime (PDF 211 kb) solicitation applicants are asked to develop and deliver training and resources that address the crime victims' needs and gaps in services during the post-conviction period. Applicants should propose to remedy these gaps through online or in person training, technical assistance, conferences, regional forums, and/or video resources.

OVC expects to make up to 5 awards of up to $350,000 each.

Download the solicitation (PDF 211 kb).

Apply by June 22, 2017.

(Posted May 24, 2017)

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2018 Crime Victims' Service Awards

Submit Your Nominations for the 2018 Nomination Ad for 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by July 31, 20172018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by July 31, 2017. Every year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.

You can read about our past honorees and, if you know a deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by July 31, 2017.

The recipients will be honored at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Visit the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) website for details about the 2018 NCVRW observation, April 8-14, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

(Posted May 1, 2017)

April 2017

OJP Highlights Services to Victims During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, an opportunity to underscore the scourge of sexual assault on our society and the trauma this violent crime imposes on its victims.

Providing services to and justice for sexual assault victims is a vital part of the mission at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is one of six components within OJP that works to support these victims through research, resources, and programs that help them move from victims to survivors.

In a recent blog post, Acting Director of OJP Alan R. Hanson discusses how sexual violence exacts a heavy toll on victims of crime. Yet some survivors use their experience to bring hope and healing to others walking the same path.

Acting Director Hanson discusses his participation in this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards, hosted by OVC. During the ceremony, five of the twelve award recipients were honored specifically for their extraordinary efforts to assist victims of sexual assault.

Read more about these extraordinary individuals and the efforts currently underway at OJP to improve services for victims of sexual assault.

(Posted April 27, 2017)

Be Counted! Participate in the National Census of Victim Service Providers

The Logo for National Census of Victim Service ProvidersNational Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP) is the first-ever national count of all programs responding to victims and survivors of crime and abuse, providing the most comprehensive picture of the victim services field to date.

Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, the NCVSP will capture basic information about the field, helping reveal gaps and opportunities. Your participation is an opportunity for the critical services you provide to be included in the “big picture” of victim response.

Thank you to those who have completed the survey. Please encourage your colleagues and peers to do the same so we have a full, accurate account of the services available to victims.

If you have not completed your NCVSP, please do so today. Log in and complete your survey.

If you have not received an invitation to complete this survey but are serving victims, please contact Angela Herrmann at NORC by phone at 877–504–1086 or email today. If you have already completed this survey and are still being contacted, please also let Ms. Herrmann know, so that she can remove the duplicate listing.

For more information, please visit the NCVSP project webpage.

(Posted April 18, 2017)

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Helps Organizations Address Work-Related Exposure to Trauma

VTTIt takes tremendous courage for victim service providers, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals to respond to tragic events. It also takes commitment to do this work despite the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have.

Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims.

The newly released OVC Vicarious Trauma Toolkit can be used to:

  1. conduct an assessment of your agency's current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization;
  2. review your existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs;
  3. locate resources and tools to help meet your identified needs; and
  4. develop a comprehensive plan to address exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.

Additionally, the toolkit contains a state-of-the-art repository of nearly 500 resources tailored specifically to these fields that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff and promote resiliency.

(Posted April 11, 2017)

2017 National Crime Victims' Service Award Recipients

Jesse Panuccio, Acting Associate Attorney General, Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Marilyn McCoy Roberts, OVC Acting Director honored 12 individuals, programs, teams, and organizations during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on April 7.

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:

Stay tuned for details on the nomination period for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards, which will open later this spring.

(Posted April 7, 2017)

March 2017

OVC Awards Almost $8.5 Million to Support Victims of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Earlier today, OVC announced an $8,466,970 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant to the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Florida Department of Legal Affairs to assist victims of the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

OVC Acting Director Marilyn McCoy Roberts states, “This award will reimburse victim services costs for operation of the Family Assistance Center in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and to ensure that victims, witnesses and first responders receive necessary services to help them adjust in the aftermath of violence, begin the healing process, and cope with probable re-traumatization.”

Visit the AEAP website to learn how this program supports communities responding to incidents of terrorism and mass violence.

(Posted March 14, 2017)

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Watch the 2017 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony Online

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) invites you to watch this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The annual ceremony will take place on April 7, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (eastern time).

Watch the live stream (webcast) of the event on OVC's YouTube channel (registration is not required).

Past awards ceremonies have been attended by crime victims and survivors, victim advocates, and allied professionals from around the Nation. Learn more about the awards and this year's categories.

(Posted March 31, 2017)

Funding Webinar: Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project

On April 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), join OVC for a webinar that will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project Solicitation (PDF 216 kb). OVC Grants Management Specialists Stacy Phillips and Lindsay Waldrop will discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity and address frequently asked questions. A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

Register to attend the webinar.

(Posted March 30, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project

OVC seeks applicants to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects (PDF 217 kb).

We pay for child and youth victimization in many ways: health and mental health care, child welfare, special education, juvenile and criminal justice, and losses in productivity over the individual's lifespan. Although many systems exist to respond to these various issues, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem.

The competitively awarded demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach. This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The project will be conducted in two phases—Phase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years).

OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this demonstration initiative.

Download the solicitation (PDF 217 kb).

Apply by May 11, 2017.

(Posted March 23, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

OVC seeks applicants to plan and conduct the 16th and 17th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime (PDF 195 kb), which will take place in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

Since 1988, OVC has sponsored 15 Indian Nations: Justice for Victims of Crime Conferences (Indian Nations Conferences) that have attracted thousands of participants involved in meeting the needs of victims of crime in Indian Country.

The Indian Nations Conference provides victim advocates and allied professionals with a unique forum to share their successes, challenges, lessons learned, best practices, and visions for the future of crime victim services in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $499,000 for a 24-month performance period and to make a supplemental award based on performance and appropriations.

Download the solicitation (PDF 195 kb).

Apply by May 9, 2017.

(Posted March 22, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities: A Seamless Approach from First Response to Healing

The goal of this solicitation is to update and expand OVC's resources to support crime victims with disabilities (PDF 522 kb), particularly the following two resources:

Since these documents were first published, expansive work has been done on disabilities and the technology landscape of victimization has rapidly changed. In addition, there is a need for guidance on making services accessible and appropriate to crime victims with disabilities throughout the process from first response and forensic interviewing to healing.

OVC expects to make up to one award of up to $1,333,333.

Apply by May 2, 2017.

(Posted March 16, 2017)

Now Available in Spanish—2017 NCVRW Resource Guide

NCVRW2017OVC is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish version of its 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (título en español: La Guía de Recursos de la Semana Nacional de los Derechos de Víctimas del Crimen 2017). NCVRW will be commemorated April 2-8, 2017, and the resource guide promotes this year's theme —Strength. Resilience. Justice. (Fuerza. Resistencia. Justicia.)

The resource guide provides all of the materials necessary to promote public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. Campaign materials include planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more.

Access both the English and Spanish versions of the NCVRW Resource Guide today.

(Posted March 3, 2017)

February 2017

2017 NCVRW Resource Guide is Now Available Online

NCVRW2017OVC is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. NCVRW will be commemorated April 2-8, 2017, and the resource guide promotes this year's theme —Strength. Resilience. Justice.

The resource guide provides all of the materials necessary to promote public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. Campaign materials include planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. A Spanish version of the resource guide will be coming soon.

Please join OVC to help communities across the country in raising awareness of crime victims' rights and services, highlighting local programs, celebrating progress achieved, and honoring victims and the professionals who serve them.

Access the Resource Guide today.


(Posted February 16, 2017)

Funding Webinar: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

On February 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), join OVC for a webinar that will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation (PDF 306 kb). The presenters will discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity and address frequently asked questions. A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

Register to attend the webinar.


(Posted February 10, 2017)

Funding Webinar: Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Service Providers

On Monday, February 13, 2017, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), OVC will hold a webinar on the Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Service Providers solicitation (PDF 259 kb). This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to provide intensive human trafficking training and technical assistance to service providers in one of two purpose areas: (1) housing, and (2) employment. The presenter will discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity and address frequently asked questions. A Q&A session will conclude the webinar.

Register to attend the webinar.


(Posted February 9, 2017)

Be Counted! Participate in the National Census of Victim Service Providers

The Logo for National Census of Victim Service ProvidersNational Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP) is the first-ever national count of all programs responding to victims and survivors of crime and abuse, providing the most comprehensive picture of the victim services field to date.

Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, the NCVSP will capture basic information about the field, helping reveal gaps and opportunities. Your participation is an opportunity for the critical services you provide to be included in the “big picture” of victim response.

Thank you to those who have completed the survey. Please encourage your colleagues and peers to do the same so we have a full, accurate account of the services available to victims.

If you have not completed your NCVSP, please do so today. Login and complete your survey.

If you have not received an invitation to complete this survey but are serving victims, please contact Angela Herrmann at NORC by phone at 877–504–1086 or email today.

For more information, please visit the NCVSP project webpage.


(Posted February 7, 2017)

January 2017

New Platform for Online Discussions with National Experts

OVC, through its Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), is excited to announce a new platform to share our best practices and standards for serving victims of crime.

The OVC TTAC Expert Q&A Online Discussion will replace the OVC Web Forum. Within this new platform, participants will have an enhanced ability to communicate with national experts and colleagues about hot topics and other issues relating to crime victim services.

Expert Q&A Online Discussions will be held each month and one or more subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions.

There is no charge to attend the Expert Q&A sessions. If you can't attend one of these interactive trainings, each event will be recorded and made available to view on the OVC TTAC website.

Although the Expert Q&A sessions replace the OVC Web Forum, you may still access transcripts from past Web Forum Guest Host sessions.


(Posted January 25, 2017)

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Funding Opportunity: Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Service Providers

OVC seeks applicants to provide intensive training and technical assistance to trafficking service providers (PDF 259 kb) in one of two focus areas: (1) housing, and (2) employment, in order to assist them in developing and implementing meaningful housing and/or employment practices.

The objectives of this program are to improve quality and quantity of services in the selected purpose area offered to trafficking survivors by increasing capacity of victim service providers nationwide through training and technical assistance, and to improve victim service providers' partnerships at the national, state, and local level with relevant purpose area stakeholders.

OVC expects to make up to two awards (one per purpose area) of up to $850,000. Apply by March 16, 2017.


(Posted January 17, 2017)

Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our Nation. With increased awareness, improved services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support the survivors. Every January, we commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to helping trafficking victims.

In an effort to help communities prepare for local events for this January, we highlight the following OVC resources —

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource GuideFaces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
This award-winning multidisciplinary resource can be used to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

This resource includes nine videos, a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters. The guide can be viewed online or a limited quantity of physical copies may be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (shipping and handling fees will be applied.)

Human Trafficking Task Force E-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force E-Guide
Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this Guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.

Its purpose is to assist in the development and day-to-day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and to provide fundamental guidance for effective task force operations.

Human Trafficking Weblet
This online tool contains resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

OVC has also released multiple funding opportunities available to victim service providers to enhance the services available to victims of human trafficking. View our Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more and apply.


(Posted January 10, 2017)

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Acting OVC Director

Photo of Marilyn M. Roberts, Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime.
Marilyn M. Roberts has been appointed to serve as OVC Acting Director effective January 3, 2017. Previously, Ms. Roberts was OVC's Deputy Director for the State Compensation and Assistance and Operations Division, where she had oversight of OVC's Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) formula grant program, and internal operations, including budget, training and technical assistance, and communications functions.

Prior to joining OVC in October 2013, Ms. Roberts spent 11 years with OJP's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), starting as a special advisor to the Administrator and becoming the Deputy Administrator for Programs in 2004. In that capacity, Ms. Roberts oversaw the three programmatic divisions of OJJDP. Before joining OJJDP, she was the director of the Drug Courts Program Office at OJP.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Roberts held several management positions during her 18-year career at the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of state court administration.


(Posted January 4, 2017)

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OVC Director Joye E. Frost Retires

Photo of Joye E. Frost, Director of the Office for Victims of Crime.
After almost 20 years with OVC, Director Joye Frost retired on December 31, 2016. Ms. Frost started working at OVC as a program specialist and subsequently served as OVC Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director before being appointed as the OVC Director by President Obama on June 14, 2013.

Among her many accomplishments during her tenure at OVC, Ms. Frost launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative to expand the reach and impact of the victim assistance field. She forged closer ties with State Victims of Crime Act administrators and championed the integration of innovation with research in OVC's efforts to build capacity in the field. She also expanded OVC's work to assist underserved victims, including boys and young men of color, LGBTQ individuals, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities and oversaw the complex process of drafting the VOCA Assistance Rule, which the Department released this past summer.

Ms. Frost began her career as a Child Protective Services caseworker in South Texas and worked in the victim assistance, healthcare, and disability advocacy fields for more than 35 years in the United States and Europe.

On behalf of the field, OVC staff want to extend our thanks to Ms. Frost for her steadfast leadership and lifelong service to crime victims and wish her a happy retirement.


(Posted January 4, 2017)

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Funding Opportunity: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking (PDF 306 kb), including services for underserved or unserved populations such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning.

Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.

Apply by March 9, 2017.


(Posted January 11, 2017)

Funding Opportunity: Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces (PDF, 364 kb) that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages.

Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application.

Potential applicants are encouraged to register for a pre-application webinar at 2:00 p.m. eastern time on January 17, 2017. The webinar will assist potential applicants in developing strong proposals and provide guidance on the application process.

Apply by February 27, 2017.


(Posted January 4, 2017)

December 2016

2017 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

Join OVC for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony. During the Ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.

  • When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 7, 2017
  • Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
  • Washington, DC 20408
  • Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.
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Learn more about this event and register to attend. Register by March 24, 2017.

(Posted December 22, 2016)

2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Theme Artwork Now Available

NCVRW 2017We are pleased to present the 2017 National Crime Victims’' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide theme artwork, theme posters, and web artwork, designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues.

View and download the 2017 NCVRW artwork today, available in both English and Spanish.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to be notified when the complete Resource Guide is available.


(Posted December 7, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). CTAS provides comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention.

Applicants can submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine purpose areas, including two administered by OVC:

  • Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (CTVA): CTVA supports tribal program response to victims of crime, their families, and communities and provides trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic services.

  • Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (CJA): CJA supports the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse and comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and their families in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally competent.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the CTAS solicitation website. This site provides FAQs, templates, and other materials that will help guide you through the application process.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. ET on February 28, 2017.


(Posted December 1, 2016)

October 2016

2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Online Theme Poster and Color Palette

2017 PosterThe 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster digital download and color palette are now available.

NCVRW will be commemorated April 2–8, 2017, and this year's theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One, in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

2017 Color PaletteVisit the NCVRW section of our website for additional information.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including the release of the 2017 Resource Guide.


(Posted October 27, 2016)

September 2016

Sign up now for NCVRW 2017 resources

Sign up now to ensure you receive all available educational materials and the theme poster for next year's National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed April 2-8, 2017.

Join the NCVRW mailing list before October 21, 2016 to receive:

  • 2017 NCVRW Theme Poster digital download and optional printed copy;
  • 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide digital download;
  • Details concerning the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony; and
  • Information about future National Crime Victims’ Service Award nomination periods.

Visit the NCVRW section of our site about how NCVRW helps inspire and strengthen communities to raise awareness for victims’ rights.


(Posted September 20, 2016)

 

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