OVC and Bureau of Justice Statistics Fellow Heather Warnken, J.D., LL.M. presents her work and vision to ensure equity in victim services. Ms. Warnken highlights statistics on racial disparities and violent victimization. She discusses the need to ensure that programming is in place to reach victims of color and how OVC-administered Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance and compensation funds, a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation, and other discretionary funds, can be used to expand access to justice across all communities.
The program provides for the development, operation, and management of OVC’s National Center for Culturally Responsive Victim Services. The Center will facilitate the delivery of national-scale, high quality training and technical assistance to increase access to victim services and victim compensation for victims of crime in areas that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality, including communities of color.