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, and victim service providers, 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.
The 2021 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony was held on April 23.
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Visit the OVC Gallery to view information and watch videos about award recipients from this year and previous years.
The Tribal Resource Tool, a website funded by OVC, provides a searchable map of programs throughout the United States that offer services to American Indian/Alaskan Native crime victims. The Tribal Resource Tool includes services for—
- all ages of American Indian/Alaskan Native survivors and victims;
- all forms of victimization;
- all locations (on or off reservations, in areas that are remote, rural, urban, or suburban); and
- all needs of victims, including justice, safety, healing, and support.