The OVC-funded Center for Victim Research 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.
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.
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.
VictimLaw is a unique and groundbreaking resource, which offers user-friendly access to thousands of victims' rights statutes (state and federal), tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, and administrative code provisions. VictimLaw is managed by the OVCTraining and Technical Assistance Center.
RAINN operates a 24-hour hotline for English- and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault (800–656–HOPE or online chat). The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online.
RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
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 site provides information on how to protect your child's identity, provides information on signs that your child's identity may have been stolen, and what to do if your child is an identity theft victim.
NCVLI actively promotes balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing. NCVLI has supported pro bono legal clinics in multiple states and Washington, D.C. These clinics provide free legal counsel and support services to victims in state and federal criminal proceedings and, in some cases, tribal and juvenile courts. NCVLI educates and conducts trainings on the enforcement of victims' rights to criminal justice professionals around the country, as do some of the clinics in the respective jurisdictions they cover.
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues.
Polaris Project's comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and transitional housing to victims, operating the National Human Trafficking Hotline, advocating for state and Federal anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts.
NCVLI is an educational institution dedicated to promoting a fair and balanced criminal justice system through legal education, legal scholarship, legal information resources, and legal advocacy. NCVLI’s attorney staff accomplishes this mission by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in cases nationwide advocating for victims’ rights; providing legal technical assistance to attorneys who represent crime victims, and conducting trainings all across the country on victims’ rights for attorneys, law students, and victim services providers.
The National Crime Victim Bar Association educates attorneys, victim service providers, and the general public about civil legal remedies for crime victims. The National Crime Victim Bar Association also provides referrals for crime victims to civil attorneys in their local area.
VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about non-Federal criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
The ICE Victim Notification Program provides information to eligible victims and witnesses who register to be notified of a criminal alien's release related activities. Registered victims and witnesses will be advised when the criminal alien is released from custody or removed (also known as deportation).
A crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the U.S. Department of Justice who violates or fails to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. § 3771. The Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman receives and investigates complaints filed by crime victims against its employees, and has implemented Procedures to Promote Compliance with Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. 45.10.
VNS is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Attorneys' offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims of federal crimes. In many cases crime victims will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to the criminal case and/or any defendants in the case.
The U.S. Department of State is committed to assisting American citizens who become victims of crime while abroad and can help victims in two ways. Overseas: consular officers, agents, and staff work with crime victims and help them with the local police and medical systems. In the United States: the office of Overseas Citizens Services will stay in touch with family members in the United States and help provide U.S.-based resources for the victim when possible.
OVC TTAC provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims. OVC TTAC can support organizations through—
LSC is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress in 1974. LSC makes grants to independent local programs across the country to provide civil legal services to Americans without considerable financial means. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 granted the LSC the responsibility to extend program services to those eligible for T and U Visas.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office is responsible for oversight of the U.S. Department of Defense's sexual assault policy. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office works hand-in-hand with the military and civilian communities to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs. This office provides services to victims of crime, including specialized services to victims of sexual assault.