OVC Fellowship applicants are limited to individuals; organizations are not eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a specific ability and strong desire to support the technical assistance, training, and other educational needs of providers who respond to crime victims.
Advocates with the National Domestic Violence Hotline are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline provides crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 100 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please contact the Hotline at 800–799–7233 (TTY 800–787–3224) or via live chat.
Additionally, if you are a teen in an abusive relationship, please contact the Loveisrespect.org Helpline at 866–331–9474 or 866–787–3224 (TTY) by phone, by texting "LOVEIS" to 866–331–9474, or via live chat.
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims, usually as a condition of probation or leniency in sentencing. Compensation is provided by the Victim Compensation Program in each State.
Information on children found at methamphetamine labs can be found in the OVC publication, Children at Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs: Helping Meth's Youngest Victims.
For additional information, visit the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children site.
All OVC vacancy announcements are posted on the USAJobs website. Applicants must apply to each vacancy announcement for which they would like to receive consideration.
A State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) is a week-long, intensive foundation course of study in victimology and victim's rights and services.
SVAAs are operated in partnership with an academic institution. They are designed to meet the entry-level educational needs of a broad range of victim assistance providers and allied professionals (generally with 1 to 5 years of experience). SVAAs provide comprehensive, fundamental, and academically based education.
Visit the SVAA section of our site for more information.
OVC encourages state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators to help fund State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) using VOCA administrative funds. If there is no SVAA in your state, contact your VOCA Administrator to discuss SVAA implementation.
Authorized by the Victims of Crime Act, the OVC Fellowship Program was established in 2002 and provides a valuable public service to the Nation while also giving victim service practitioners an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work alongside Federal Employees and Contractors at the OVC office in Washington, D.C.
Fellows provide direct operational assistance to OVC in designing and developing innovative or enhanced service initiatives, management systems, training programs, capacity-building initiatives, and program evaluation efforts. Review the OVC Fellowship Guidelines for further information.