Katherine Darke Schmitt is the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
The Federal Trade Commission's ReportFraud.ftc.gov website can help you report fraud and find resources to help you recover.
If you or someone you know is a victim of elder fraud, we encourage you to call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311).
The hotline is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. eastern time. Services are available for speakers of English, Spanish, and other languages.
Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime. Assistance may come in the form of financial reimbursement or victim services. Funding support for state assistance and compensation programs comes from the Crime Victims Fund administered by the OVC as authorized by the Victim of Crime Act.
Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone at 855–484–2846 or online chat for a referral in your area.
Find out more in this brochure, What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, which includes a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.
The mission of OVC is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC accomplishes its mission in many ways, including—
- administering the Crime Victims Fund,
- funding and supporting programs that provide direct services to crime victims,
- providing training and technical assistance to the field,
- sponsoring demonstration projects, and
- producing publications and products on promising practices in victim services.
For more information, visit the About OVC section of our website.
If you are experiencing problems with a State Victim Notification Everyday (VINE) system, please contact the State organization responsible for the system. To locate the appropriate contact, visit the VINELink site and select your state from the map.
If at any time you witness or believe a child is in immediate danger, we strongly urge you to call your local police department’s emergency number (911).
Each state also designates specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Typically, this responsibility is carried out by Child Protective Services. For information or assistance with reporting, please call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800–4–A–CHILD (800–422–4453) or contact your local Child Protective Services agency.
Additional state contact information is available from the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.
Ribbons for NCVRW are not available to order from OVC. Please visit the NCVRW section of our website to view the theme colors. These color codes may be helpful when ordering ribbons from an arts and crafts distributor.
The 2021 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide has not been released yet. Visit the NCVRW section of our website to view this year's theme poster and color guide.
To view publications and other resources related to the treatment of children who have been exposed to violence, visit the Office of Justice Programs’ Children Exposed to Violence Special Feature. This online resource also provides information on the prevalence of childhood exposure to violence, along with information on prevention.
Also visit the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov website. CrimeSolutions.gov provides evaluations of justice-related programs and practices, including programs aimed at working with children exposed to violence.
Visit our U.S Citizens Victimized Abroad page to learn about programs that provide funding and assistance to victims in the aftermath of a terrorism event outside the United States.