The OVC Center for VOCA Administrators provides no cost training and technical assistance to Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators and offers opportunities for expert consultation, peer-to-peer collaboration, problem-solving, training, and innovation. A resource library features toolkits, videos, and other materials to strengthen victim assistance and compensation programs and services.
This OVC-funded project provides training, technical assistance, and support to help communities augment their existing emergency response plans to ensure they effectively include immediate and long-term protocols and strategies to support victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism. Organizations can apply for no-cost assistance, watch on-demand trainings, and view resources on topics such as family/friends assistance center planning and donation management protocol.
Operated by the Office for Victims of Crime, the Center seeks to strengthen human trafficking victim services in the United States by delivering free coaching and mentoring, and by providing a resource library for organizations and federally recognized tribes looking to start, sustain, or grow their anti-trafficking work. The Center offers help in a number of areas, including financial management, community partnerships, delivery of victim services, and more.
Crime victim services are not always readily accessible to or designed for victims from all communities. The center is a one-stop shop where victim service providers, culturally specific organizations, criminal justice professionals, and policymakers may get information and expert guidance to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from communities that too often have less access to healing services and avenues to justice.
The Center provides data-informed, culturally humble, victim-centered training and technical assistance (TTA) and resources to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities as they successfully manage the financial aspects of their federal awards.
The Center offers targeted virtual and onsite TTA, a Virtual Support Center, collaborative needs assessments, innovative programming and robust curriculum including Financial Policies and Procedures Guide Sheets to enhance existing financial management and support grantee award implementation. Available assistance spans the life cycle of an OJP award – from application preparation to award acceptance, and ultimately the effective financial implementation, management, and reporting.
Financial Specialists are uniquely trained, and qualified to meet the diverse, and varied needs of tribal grantees.
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). Professional case managers will assist you with reporting the crime and connect you with other resources as needed. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time. Services are available for speakers of English, Spanish, and other languages.
The Tribal Resource Tool is a searchable map of victim service programs for survivors of crime and abuse in Indian Country. Organizations that provide services to American Indians and Alaska Natives may submit a request for inclusion in the map. The tool was developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, with funding support from OVC. These OVC grantees are also using the tool to identify gaps in services.
This demonstration project is designed to reach underserved children, youth, and families in Illinois, Montana, Ohio, and Virginia who are victims of crime. The project seeks to provide immediate and long-range services for through collaboration and coordination of systems of care. It also seeks to inform victim service providers and other stakeholders of the most effective strategies and programs to address the needs of this population.
TAP fosters the exchange of critical data with tribal law enforcement through national crime information systems. Through TAP, tribal law enforcement agencies are better able to protect victims of domestic violence, register sex offenders, keep guns out of dangerous hands, and help locate missing people.
The OVC-funded Center for Victim Research (CVR) is a tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge. CVR facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide. CVR’s library collection offers open-access research materials, special access to research for VOCA-funded organizations, and free training.
This resource provides information and guidance to help improve the management of VOCA funds. This section of the OVC website features the latest news for VOCA Administrators, along with answers to frequently asked questions, documents, and other resources to help successfully manage VOCA formula assistance and compensation awards.
TIMS is a password protected data collection tool developed by OVC to assist OVC-funded trafficking victim service providers with collecting, organizing, and reporting performance measurement data. TIMS can be used as a case management system and helps collect data related to the number of clients served, client demographics, and number and types of services provided.
VictimConnect serves victims of any crime in the United States. Trained specialists are available to help you locate referrals for mental health counseling, financial compensation, legal services, civil justice options, support groups, crime reporting, identity theft recovery and more.
In August of 2016, a new VOCA Rule clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. The rule clarifies and expands how states may expend the funding, and states are looking to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse. This OVC page highlights examples of VOCA-funded elder abuse programs and the VOCA offices that funded them.
This OVC-funded program seeks to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to assist victims of identity theft and cybercrime. This national network seeks to build capacity to provide assistance to victims of these crimes and encourage the expansion of existing victim service programs and coalitions.
With support from OVC, this American Bar Association website provides national training and technical assistance for attorneys working with survivors of human trafficking who have been convicted of a crime as a result of their victimization.
This OVC TTAC resource provides information and tools to support the efforts of tribal victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and others to develop a victim-centered response to crime victims in tribal communities.
This section of the OVC site contains a list of free apps that provide information, support, and resources about various types of victimization. These apps were created by government agencies and non-profit organizations, and some apps were developed with funding support from OVC.
When using technology, both victim advocates and survivors need to consider safety, privacy, and security. This resource provides guidance for programs that provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking on best practices to help maintain the safety and security of crime victims and their personal information. The toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.
This toolkit contains safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking related to the use of technology. The toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.
The ICE Victims Engagement and Services Line serves as a comprehensive and inclusive support system for all victims, regardless of immigration status or the immigration status of the perpetrator. Call the Victims Engagement and Services Line at 833–383–1465.
This website allows you to easily report scams, fraud, and bad business practices to the Federal Trade Commission. Once you submit your report, you will be given a tracking number and tips on what to do next. Your report will be added to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel database, which is available to thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
This section of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's website provides information about its programs to serve youth and families with substance abuse challenges related to opioid abuse. Visit the site to learn about Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funding, programs, and training and technical assistance to help children and their families.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children, created a four-part training series to help professionals serve the needs of drug endangered children. The training covers: an overview of the issue, the long-term impact and needs of drug endangered children,prenatal substance exposure, and postnatal substance exposure.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Assistance Program offers direct services to victims including crisis intervention, referrals and information for mental and emotional health and other types of specialized responses, provide emergency services and transportation, and follow up for additional assistance.
The Bureau Consumer Financial Protection works to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law. This resource page provides guidance to help you prevent, recognize, and report scams and fraud.
This website provides information and resources on hate crimes resources for victims of crime, law enforcement, media, researchers, advocacy groups, and other related organizations. Visit this website for resources and services in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Arabic, and Japanese.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone 800–985–5990 (for Spanish, press 2) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs', or for Spanish, text 'Hablanos', to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
IdentityTheft.gov provides a comprehensive collection of resources for identity theft victims, including information on how to know if you're a victim and what steps should be taken if your identity has been stolen.
This office is responsible for ensuring that the investigation and prosecution of a terrorist attack remains a high priority within the U.S. Department of Justice and providing information and support to victims and their families during the criminal justice process.
The Office of Overseas Citizens Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, assists American citizens who become victims of crime while traveling, working, or residing abroad. Victims of a terrorist attack occurring outside the United States who is in need of emergency assistance, or with a family member, can call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888–407–4747, from the United States or Canada, or 202–501–4444, from abroad.
Women of Color Network, Inc. is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to build the capacity of women of color to respond to violence against women of color. The network seeks to eliminate violence against all women and their communities by centralizing the voices and promoting the leadership of women of color.
This online course trains participants on ways to help older adults make financial decisions with informal supports, legal options, or adult guardianship. Among the topics covered are ways to prevent and address abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. This training was produced by the National Center for State Courts with the assistance of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and supported by a contract funded by the Office for Victims of Crime and awarded by the Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice.
This organization seeks to protect children from abuse and sexual assault by providing education and training, research, advocacy, and advancing technology. The Zero Abuse Project’s website offers a victim assistance section which provides information on survivor support programs.
This national resource center provides resources and training for service providers, law enforcement, and other allied professionals to identify and respond to the crime of stalking. They also provide information on what to do if you are a victim of stalking.
Trained advocates are available 24/7 to chat with men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault or with people seeking to help a loved one. Access the one-on-one chat for services such as crisis support and information and referrals. Or join a support group facilitated by a trained counselor. This free and anonymous service is provided by 1in6, in partnership with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
This organization provides victims of nonconsensual pornography, also known as "revenge porn", and other forms of online abuse with support and referral services. The Initiative offers a toll free, crisis hotline for victims of these crimes. The Initiative also offers information for policymakers, attorneys, and others to help them understand and combat nonconsensual pornography.
This national campaign seeks to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children's exposure to violence and trauma. Funded by the Office of Justice Justice and Delinquency Prevention, this campaign seeks to engage teachers, coaches, counselors, doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers, and other professionals and caregivers on proven ways to help heal the damage of childhood trauma.
The Center for Changing Our Campus Culture is a comprehensive online clearinghouse that provides important resources for colleges and universities on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The site—fully funded by the Office on Violence Against Women—includes the latest research; sample campus policies, protocols, and best practices; and information on how to access training opportunities and technical assistance.
Partnering with the Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and working closely with innocence organizations and service providers in individual states, Healing Justice seeks to address the aftermath of wrongful convictions for all involved.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in partnership with Penn State University, created this free web based training for law enforcement agencies and other first responders responsible for notifying the family members of those who have died suddenly as a result of a crime, an accident, a suicide, or other type of incident. The training is designed to enhance the professionalism, dignity, and compassion of those tasked with delivering death notifications, including: law enforcement, victim advocates, coroners, medical examiners, chaplains, hospital staff, and others.