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Crime Victim Services

Description

Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice.

Notice

Numerous government agencies and private nonprofit, faith-based, and charitable organizations throughout the country have programs that provide services to crime victims. Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn more.

Every state, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam has a crime victim compensation program with funds available to help crime victims recover from financial losses resulting from their victimization. The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the U.S. Department of Justice’s mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization.

The following resources provide information on crime victim services.

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, OVC offers the following curricula for instructors to download.

The Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training teaches advocates how to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to victims and survivors of sexual assault.

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn helps facilitators in their efforts to make offenders more aware of the impact that crime has on victims, to take responsibility for their actions, and begin to make amends.

Ethics in Victim Services provides information and skills related to ethical standards in victim services and ethical decisionmaking.

The NVAA Foundation-Level Training Curriculum is basic training for victim service providers and allied professionals to download for their own use.

The Substance Abuse and Victimization (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the  OVC resource Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims, NCJ 232780. This 55-minute DVD and Companion Guidebook provides access to three videos and companion guides that were originally released as part of the 2005 National Victim Assistance Academy curriculum:

  • Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime
  • Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims
  • Substance Abuse and Victimization.

The Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and Companion Guide is available to order through the Shopping Cart section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.

The Listen to My Story: Communicating with Victims of Crime (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the OVC resource Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims, NCJ 232780. This 55-minute DVD and Companion Guidebook provides access to three videos and companion guides that were originally released as part of the 2005 National Victim Assistance Academy curriculum:

  • Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime
  • Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims
  • Substance Abuse and Victimization.

The Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and Companion Guide is available to order through the Shopping Cart section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.

Date Created: May 28, 2020