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.
OVC will not host an awards ceremony in 2023. Visit our National Crime Victims' Rights Week Awards & Events page for information about planned events this year.
Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Subscription List to receive email updates about future National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremonies and other National Crime Victims' Rights Week updates.
Visit the OVC Gallery to view information and watch videos about award recipients from this year and previous years.
NCVRW will be observed April 23–29, 2023.
The 2023 theme—Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.—calls upon communities to amplify the voices of survivors and commit to creating an environment where survivors have the confidence that they will be heard, believed, and supported.
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Visit the NCVRW section of our website to learn more about NCVRW.
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims, usually as a condition of probation or leniency in sentencing. Compensation is provided by the Victim Compensation Program in each State.
For additional information about compensation, view the Victim Compensation section of our website.