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2023 Report to the Nation

Fiscal Years 2021 - 2022

OVC Discretionary Funding

OVC provides discretionary grants for national-scope demonstration projects and training and technical assistance (TTA) to enhance the professional expertise of victim service providers. These grants are competitively awarded to states, local government agencies, Tribal governments, educational institutions, private nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

Programs identify and implement promising practices, models, and initiatives; address gaps and needs in TTA; and fund demonstration programs that may provide direct services. Up to 50 percent of OVC discretionary funding may be used to support and enhance services to victims of federal crimes.

OVC Maintains Interagency Agreements With Federal Agencies

OVC provided funding to 21 federal agencies under its discretionary funding budget to cover a wide variety of federal victim service programs in FYs 2021 and 2022. Funding totaled more than $4.8 million for 16 federal programs in FY 2021, and over $5.4 million for 21 federal programs in FY 2022. These programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Federal Crime Victim Assistance – Federal Crime Victim Assistance provides needed services to victims of federal crime and their families when local resources are unavailable or unable to meet emergency victim service needs resulting from a federal crime.
  • Victim Specialist Positions – These federal positions across the country are designed to serve victim needs, educate law enforcement agents on best practices for providing rights and services to crime victims, and ensure that all crime victims receive the services and referrals they need and are entitled to under the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance.
  • Training and Technical Assistance – Travel, speakers, and costs for conducting and attending training events for victim assistance personnel, victim service providers, and headquarters personnel who seek knowledge and skills in the fair and sensitive treatment of victims of federal crime.