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If you experience unforeseen Grants.gov or Grants Management System (GMS) technical issues beyond your control that prevent you from submitting your application by the deadline, you must contact OVC staff within 24 hours after the deadline and request approval to submit your application.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system allows crime victims across the country to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day—via phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device. Please visit the VineLink website to register.

Federal victim notification information is available on the U.S. Department of Justice's Victim Notification System (VNS) website. For additional information, visit the Victim Notification section of our website.

Each military department has established an interdisciplinary Victim and Witness Assistance Council that provides assistance to victims of crimes on military installations. Contact information for each branch of the military is located on the Department of Defense (DoD) Victim and Witness Assistance Council website.

Additionally, victims of sexual assault can confidentially contact the DoD Safe Helpline.

Statistics on sexual assaults in the military can be found in the U.S. Department of Defense Annual Reports on Sexual Assault in the Military and in the Annual Reports on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies. Visit the Reports section of the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response website to access these data.

To date, Crime Victims Fund (Fund) dollars have always come from offenders convicted of federal crimes, not from taxpayers. Information on the Fund is available from the OVC Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet. For additional information, visit the Victim Compensation section of our website.

All states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds through the OVC to support compensation programs for crime victims.

Although each state compensation program is administered independently, most programs have similar eligibility requirements and offer comparable benefits. Compensation is paid only when other financial resources, such as private insurance and offender restitution, do not cover the loss. Some expenses are not covered by most compensation programs, including theft, damage, and property loss. State compensation programs are not required to compensate victims in terrorism cases. More information on OVC guidelines for victim compensation is available in the Victims of Crime Act Victim Compensation Program Guidelines.

For additional information, please contact your State Victim Compensation Program.

Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Statistics section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service's Missing Children Special Feature.

For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

Statistics on homicides committed with a handgun are available in the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 and in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Crime in the United States reports. See the "Expanded Offense Data" section of each year's Crime in the United States report to view available data on weapons used in homicides, including data specific to murders committed with a handgun.

Information on the economic loss to victims can be found in Criminal Victimization in the United States: Statistical Tables from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.