NCVRW will be commemorated April 21–27, 2024, with the theme—
How would you help?
Options, services, and hope for crime survivors.
The 2024 theme asks all of us—friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, community leaders, victim service providers, criminal justice practitioners, and health professionals—how we can help crime victims. Are you prepared if someone confides in you about a victimization? Is your organization victim-centered and trauma-informed? Are you familiar with the services available in your community?
This year’s theme is a call-to-action for us all to create safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them. By doing so, we’re able to offer support, options for life-saving services, and, most importantly, hope.
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Nominations for the 2024 National Crime Victims' Service Awards are now closed. For more information about the awards, visit the National Crime Victims' Service Awards site.
The date of the 2024 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony has not been announced. Visit our National Crime Victims' Rights Week Awards & Events page for information about planned events this year.
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Visit the OVC Gallery to view information and watch videos about award recipients from this year and previous years.
The 2024 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is not yet available.
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The 2024 NCVRW Theme and Awareness Poster Kits are not yet are available to order.
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Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime.
Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone or text 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.
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.
For additional information about compensation, view the Victim Compensation section of our website.
If you’re interested in conducting legal research relating to crime victims, visit the VictimLaw and the National Crime Victim Law Institute websites.
You may also visit a state, county, or local law library for legal research assistance.
Additional research assistance may be obtained through the Ask a Law Librarian page on the Library of Congress website.
The Directory of Crime Victim Services is an Office for Victims of Crime resource that includes contact information for thousands of victim service providers. The Directory is designed to help service providers and individuals locate victim services in the United States and other countries.