Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system can be a frightening and confusing experience. But with funding authorized under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, and through the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and allied professionals there is an extensive range of services and resources available to help victims heal and obtain justice.
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.
Additionally, every U.S. state, the Federal Government, and many tribal jurisdictions have basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime.
The following resources provide information on rights and services for victims of crime.
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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Visit the NCVRW section of our website to learn more about NCVRW.
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.