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Funding Opportunity: Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Sex and Labor Trafficking

OVC will make up to two awards between $1 million and $3 million to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking (PDF 255 kb). The purpose of this grant is to identify a state or federally recognized Indian tribe’s greatest challenge in addressing trafficking of children and youth and to improve jurisdiction-wide coordination and multidisciplinary collaboration to address human trafficking involving children and youth. Apply by June 29, 2016.

(Posted April 29, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: Training and Resources to Better Respond to Victims of Cyberviolence

One award of up to $1,500,000 will be made to fund training and resources to better respond to victims of cyberviolence (PDF 225 kb). This Vision 21 national-scope initiative includes an assessment of cyberviolence training currently available to and training needs of judicial professionals, an assessment of the needs of victims of cyberviolence, and the development and dissemination of training and technical assistance to be published and delivered by the grantee and/or project partners. Apply by June 7, 2016.

(Posted April 27, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: Expand the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network

OVC will make up to one award of up to $1,500,000 for a national training, technical assistance and network expansion effort that builds upon the existing National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) program. Under the Vision 21 NITVAN II solicitation (PDF 212 kb), a national victim-serving organization will be awarded funding to expand the outreach and capacity of the existing ten, previously-funded, NITVAN coalitions with sub-award funding of up to $50,000 each to up to 20 new coalitions in years two and three of the three year program.

NITVAN II will help continue to build upon and improve the current policy development, training and service delivery portfolios at the local, state, and regional levels to address the needs of victims of identity theft now with additional emphasis on cybercrime. Apply by June 9, 2016.

(Posted April 26, 2016)

Funding Opportunities: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking

OVC announces two grant opportunities to increase services for urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking. The FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (PDF 237 kb) funding opportunity will award up to $450,000 to eligible applicants whose primary mission is to provide services and assistance to AI/AN individuals who reside in urban population centers to develop their organizational capacity to provide direct services to AI/AN sex trafficking victims. Apply by June 21, 2016.

The FY 2016 Project Beacon Training and Technical Assistance Project (PDF 184 kb) funding opportunity will award up to $450,000 to one eligible applicant to provide training and technical assistance to award recipients under the FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (Project Beacon) solicitation. The recipient of this award will provide ongoing education, training, support, and guidance to Project Beacon grantees. Apply by June 21, 2016.

(Posted April 22, 2016)

Get to know the Individuals and Organizations Recognized at the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

Attorney General Loretta Lynch honored nine individuals, programs, teams, and organizations during the April 12th National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Joye Frost, OVC Director, also addressed attendees at this annual event that honors extraordinary service to crime victims. If you missed the event or would like to learn more, visit:

(Posted April 12, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: Update the VOCA Victim Assistance Administrators’ Toolkit and Crime Victim Compensation Manager’s Guidebook

Two separate competitive 24-month cooperative agreements of up to $150,000 each will be awarded to enhance the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance toolkit and Victim Compensation guidebook by using field-generated comments and suggestions to shape these two tools to reflect technological changes in the field since their creation and include new regulations, and performance and grant requirements. These tools are invaluable resources for new state VOCA administrators and managers. Awards will be made to entities who demonstrate a deep understanding of the relationship between VOCA formula funding, VOCA State Administrating Agencies and VOCA subrecipients. Apply by June 6, 2016.

(Posted April 6, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: Self-Help Group for American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors of Homicide Facilitator’s Guide Project

One award of up to $475,000 will be made to provide support and healing to American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of homicide through development of a comprehensive facilitator’s guide for individuals who are interested in starting a self-help support group for American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of homicide; development and delivery of a two-day training curriculum to train peers and mental health professionals on how to use the guide to start and sustain local self-help groups for the target population; and ongoing technical assistance to facilitators. Apply by June 6, 2016.

(Posted April 4, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking (PDF 247 kb), including services for underserved or unserved populations. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Apply by May 12, 2016.

(Posted March 28, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive services available to assist all victims of human trafficking by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims. Funding will also aid efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Apply by May 2, 2016.

(Posted March 16, 2016)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces (PDF, 398 kb) that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Deadline: May 10, 2016.

(Posted March 8, 2016)

Support for Victims of the Mass Shooting in Hesston, Kansas

OVC extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the mass shooting in Hesston, Kansas, and to their friends and families. OVC offers the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: http://ovc.gov/news/Hesston_Kansas.html.

(Posted February 29, 2016)

2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is Now Available Online

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights WeekOVC is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The Guide is an extensive online resource, providing all of the materials necessary to promote NCVRW within your community.

It provides a variety of campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, a theme poster and video, artwork, and more. These materials can also be downloaded for use offline.

Please join OVC to help communities and victim assistance providers promote crime victim issues and services. Access the Resource Guide today.

(Posted February 26, 2016)

Support for Victims of the Shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan

We at OVC express our condolences to the victims of the shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, their families and friends, the people of Michigan, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. OVC presents the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: http://ovc.gov/news/Kalamazoo_Michigan.html.

(Posted February 23, 2016)

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Sample Proclamation

A primary goal of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is to raise public awareness of victims’ rights and the services available to victims of crime. An effective way of doing that is providing local and state leaders with a sample proclamation, currently available, recognizing April 10-16, 2016, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Communities are encouraged to customize and share the proclamation with local and state leaders to highlight accomplishments, inspire the community and address unmet needs.

Learn more about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

(Posted February 18, 2016)

Victim-Centered, Trauma-Informed Victim Notification

Victim-Centered, Trauma-Informed Victim Notification

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OVC has partnered with the National Institute of Justice to inform practitioners about lessons learned in sexual assault kit research projects. A new publication, Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (PDF, 1.06 mb), explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing. These protocols may help other jurisdictions both in situations where a large number of previously untested SAKs are now being tested and in the investigation and prosecution of current cases.

Read the brochure to learn more.

(Posted February 2, 2016)

Victims’ Voices Guide the New OVC Resources on Human Trafficking

The Faces of Human Trafficking video series and resource guide raises awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes:

  • Nine videos in English with Spanish subtitle
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) offered in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog
  • A discussion guide
  • Four OVC fact sheets
  • Four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors

Learn more about OVC’s human trafficking programs.

(Posted January 19, 2016)

OVC Releases December News & Program Updates

OVC Releases Winter News & Program UpdatesThe new edition of OVC News & Program Updates is now available online. Read about OVC’s efforts to help children exposed to violence, learn how violence interrupter programs are working to address the cycle of trauma and violence among young men of color, and follow one survivor’s pathway to healing from childhood trauma and violence.

(Posted December 16, 2015)

Assisting Victims in San Bernardino and Throughout the Nation

OVC expresses our condolences to the victims of the San Bernardino shootings, their families and friends, the people of California, and those in mourning throughout the Nation. We present the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: http://ovc.gov/news/San_Bernardino.html.

(Posted December 4, 2015)

Helping Victims in Colorado Springs and Throughout the Nation

OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, their families, the people of Colorado, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. We share the following resources that may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/colorado_springs.html.

(Posted November 30, 2015)

Victim-Centered Toolkit Focused on Mass Violence and Terrorism

Law enforcement officers too often face the unique challenges presented by incidents of terrorism and mass violence. OVC’s electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources, serves as a multidisciplinary resource for a wide range of professionals, including law enforcement officers, to ensure that victims’ issues are sufficiently considered in terrorism and mass violence events.

This victim-centered toolkit—developed in collaboration with law enforcement officials, emergency planning managers, prosecutors, victim service providers, and many others—provides the field with a framework, strategies, and resources to:

  • prepare and establish partnerships before an incident;
  • respond to victims needs in the immediate aftermath of an incident; and
  • provide recovery strategies for longer-term victim healing.

The toolkit’s Partnerships & Planning section discusses how to establish and maintain partnerships, address resource gaps, and develop victim assistance protocols. The Response & Recovery section covers how to use the protocols after an incident of mass violence or terrorism. The Tools section provides checklists, samples, a glossary, and a compendium of victim assistance resources. This toolkit is designed to complement, not replace, existing community emergency response protocols.

OVC hopes that law enforcement officials, agencies, and officers can use this toolkit to enhance efforts to prepare, respond to, and recover from these devastating incidents.

(Posted November 19, 2015)

Past Announcements

February 2016

Register to Attend the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony will be held April 12, 2016, in Washington, DC. During the ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

  • When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 12, 2016
  • Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
  • Washington, DC 20408
  • Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.

For more information about this event and to register, visit www.ncvrw.org by Friday, April 8, 2016.

(Posted February 10, 2016)

December 2015

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights WeekNational Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 10–16, 2016. The Theme Video and artwork are now available online to support the weeklong event.

This year’s NCVRW Theme Video highlights how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. Theme artwork is also available for organizations to incorporate into their outreach materials, such as:

  • Theme Poster,
  • Facebook and Twitter profile imagery
  • Artwork for buttons, bookmarks, ribbon cards, and more.

The full 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is anticipated to be online in February 2016 and will include promotional items and outreach products, how-to’s, sample communication tools, fact sheets, and more. Update or add your information to the NCVRW Mailing List to stay informed about NCVRW.

(Posted December 17, 2015)

Coping With the Holidays as a Crime Survivor

The holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time spent with loved ones. But this time of year is not joyful for everyone. Trauma and anxiety can return for crime victims, especially at this time of year. OVC Deputy Director Marilyn McCoy Roberts’ blog post on coping with the holidays offers resources to help support those who have been victims of crime.

(Posted December 10, 2015)


FY 2016 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2016 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). CTAS provides comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements.

Applicants can submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine purpose areas, including two administered by OVC:

  • Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (CTVA): CTVA supports tribal program response to victims of crime, their families, and communities and provides trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic services.
  • Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (CJA): CJA supports comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and their families in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally competent.

In an effort to provide guidance on CTAS, the Department of Justice is sponsoring a webinar series that will focus on educating applicants about CTAS application requirements and purpose areas. View the CTAS applicant webinar series schedule for detailed information and to register

To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the CTAS solicitation website. Applications are due by February 23, 2016, at 9 p.m. EST.

(Posted December 9, 2015)

November 2015

Funding Opportunity for Intermediary Organizations: Grant Program to Provide Legal Assistance to Victims of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

OVC is pleased to announce the availability of a new grant program, Elder Justice AmeriCorps, which will provide comprehensive legal assistance and support services to victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and promote pro bono capacity building in the field. This program is a collaboration between OVC, The Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

This funding opportunity complements existing OVC grants to support the development of legal assistance networks providing comprehensive and pro bono legal services for victims of crime.

Visit the CNCS site to learn more.

Important Dates:
  • December 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), all interested applicants must submit a notification of intent to apply
  • January 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), deadline to submit applications

(Posted November 13, 2015)

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

Each year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services through the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.

On April 12, 2016, OVC will honor these exceptional individuals, organizations, teams, and programs at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC. To receive information about registration and other details about the ceremony when they become available, sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List.

(Posted November 12, 2015)

Federal Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Initiative Launched to Provide Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Development

Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness, particularly for families with children. To help address this critical issue, OVC has partnered with the Office on Violence Against Women, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to launch a federal Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium.

This interagency consortium will provide national training, technical assistance, and resource development on domestic violence and housing. The federal agencies have awarded $2.3 million in grant funding in order to develop more comprehensive resources and foster increased collaboration among domestic violence and homeless services providers. Organizations receiving grant funds include:

  • District Alliance to End Safe Housing (Washington, DC)
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence (Washington, DC)
  • National Resource Center for Domestic Violence (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Training Development Associates (Laurinburg, NC)/Collaborative Solutions (Birmingham, AL)

Learn more at www.justice.gov/opa/pr/departments-justice-housing-and-urban-development-and-health-and-human-services-establish-23.

(Posted November 4, 2015)

Funding Opportunity: 2016 NCVRW Community Awareness Projects

OVC is pleased to announce funding for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) public awareness activities through the 2016 NCVRW Community Awareness Projects (CAP) program. The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, with support from OVC, will award at least 60 communities with up to $5,000 each in reimbursement for approved activities. Types of activities supported with CAP funds include:

  • Public events (including candlelight vigils, information/resource fairs, 5k walk/runs, etc.)
  • Mass media advertising
  • Production, publication and distribution of printed materials

Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based victim service organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal organizations, and community coalitions committed to advocating for the rights and services of crime victims are among those encouraged to apply.

Learn more and apply online at http://cap.navaa.org/. Apply by November 17, 2015.

Register for an applicant webinar which will be held November 4, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. eastern time.

(Posted November 3, 2015)

October 2015

Partnership for Freedom Seeks Innovative Solutions to Fight Labor Trafficking

On October 28, 2015, The Partnership for Freedom, a public-private partnership that aims to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges, led by Humanity United in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor, launched the second of three competitions dedicated to spurring innovative solutions to end human trafficking. Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking calls for technological solutions that identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. We invite you to participate in this competition by putting together your team, formulating your idea and submitting your application. Applications are due by December 13, 2015. Find out more about the challenge and how to submit an application at www.partnershipforfreedom.org/rethinksupplychains/. (Posted October 28, 2015)


2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights WeekThe Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to announce the 2016 theme for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. NCVRW will be observed from April 10 - 16, 2016.

2016 NCVRW Highlights:

Update or add your information to the NCVRW Mailing List by November 17, 2015 to receive a complimentary copy of this year’s theme poster. You will also receive notification when the 2016 Resource Guide is available online, details about the NCVRW awards ceremony, and other NCVRW announcements.

During NCVRW, communities across the country hold events that honor crime victims and promote public awareness of crime victims’ rights. With the support of OVC, communities are eligible to apply for the Community Awareness Project (CAP) grant to support NCVRW events. Learn more and apply for funding today. (Posted October 26, 2015)


Helping Victims in Roseburg and Throughout the Nation

OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, their families, the people of Oregon, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. We share the following resources that may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/umpqua_community_college.html (Posted October 2, 2015)


September 2015

Attend OVC’s Vision 21 Forum Addressing Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases: Maricopa County’s Multidisciplinary Approach in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 21, 2015

Join us as OVC holds the next in a series of forums addressing the Vision 21 initiative on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. eastern time, at the Office of Justice Programs, 810 7th Street, NW, (third floor video conference room) in Washington, D.C. Victim-focused service providers, researchers, and policy makers are encouraged to attend. This forum, Addressing Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases: Maricopa County’s Multidisciplinary Approach, will feature Karyn Rasile, M.A.Ed., B.S.N., R.N., A.F.N.–B.C., a forensic Nurse Specialist and Consultant, who will discuss the partnerships and steps taken to implement this innovative program. Maricopa County, Arizona, recognized a need to change their approach to addressing strangulation in domestic violence cases and collaborated with the Scottsdale Forensic Nurse Examiner to create a 24/7 multidisciplinary team response to victims of domestic violence strangulation.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Heidi Fam at heidi.fam@usdoj.gov no later than Friday, September 18, 2015. Please include your name, title, and organization in your response.

(Posted September 3, 2015)


August 2015

New Toolkit to Help Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and ResourcesIn coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, OVC released Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. VOCA Administrators, emergency managers, law enforcement, prosecutors, health care providers, victim service providers, and others can access the online toolkit to –

  • Develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan for responding to incidents of mass violence, terrorism, natural disasters, and high-profile criminal incidents.
  • Bring key partners together to review existing emergency plans, and to initiate or continue the development of a victim assistance plan within a community.
  • Establish victim assistance protocols, which can greatly enhance the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts.
  • Follow protocols for short- and long-term responses to victims following incidents of mass violence.

View this online toolkit to learn more.

(Posted August 20, 2015)


OVC Releases its Biennial Report to the Nation

OVC Releases its Biennial Report to the Nation The 2015 OVC Report to the Nation is now available online. View the full report to learn more about OVC's evidence-based practices, dynamic multi-disciplinary partnerships, and effective strategies for building capacity through research, innovation, technology, and training.
(Posted August 19, 2015)






Social Media Now Featured on OVC Homepage

View the OVC social media feed, now available on our homepage, to read OVC’s social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. OVC is making it easier for you to connect with us through social media.
(Posted August 18, 2015)


July 2015

Helping Victims in Lafayette and Throughout the Nation

OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at the movie theater in Lafayette, their families, the people of Louisiana, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. We share the following resources that may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/lafayette.html (Posted July 24, 2015)


Helping Chattanooga and the Nation Heal

OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at two military sites in Chattanooga, their families, the people of Tennessee, and the many U.S. citizens grieving nationwide. The following resources may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/chattanooga.html (Posted July 20, 2015)


Working to Improve Services to Victims of Human Trafficking

Services to Victims of Human Trafficking Learn about the progress being made to improve services to victims of human trafficking in FYs 2013-2014 Federal Strategic Action Plan Status Report. Based on the goals and objectives identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017, released by the White House in January of 2014, this status report identifies actions taken during fiscal years 2013-2014 to-

  • align efforts to ensure a strategic, coordinated approach to the provision of services for victims of human trafficking at all levels of government;
  • expand and coordinate human trafficking-related research, data, and evaluation to support evidence-based practices in victim services;
  • increase access to services; and
  • promote effective, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed services to improve the health, safety, and well-being of victims.
(Posted July 6, 2015)


OVC News & Program Updates

The summer edition of OVC News & Program Updates is now available online. Read a message from Director Joye Frost, review the Vision 21 grant awardees, and learn more about the impactful work OVC is doing on behalf of victims and victim service providers. (Posted June 22, 2015)


June 2015

Helping Charleston and the Nation Heal

We at OVC convey our deepest sympathies to the victims of the Charleston shootings, their families and friends, the people of South Carolina, and those in mourning throughout the nation. The following resources may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/charleston_church_tragedy.html (Posted June 18, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Training Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

OVC will award each eligible state victim assistance program a noncompetitive discretionary grant to support training and technical assistance to VOCA victim assistance service providers and others who work with crime victims. Uses for these additional funds include, but are not limited to, enhancing existing State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) or establishing new SVAAs; and supporting statewide training initiatives, crime victim related conferences, basic training for new programs for underserved victims, and scholarships to service providers and others who work with crime victims. Apply by July 1, 2015. (Posted June 4, 2015)


Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2016 Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Submit Your Nominations for the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards by July 30, 2015. Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

This year, OVC announces a new award category, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. This award seeks to honor and highlight youth up to age 24 years who have dedicated their efforts to supporting victims of crime. Learn more.

View past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by July 30, 2015.

Visit the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Web site for details about the 2016 NCVRW observation, April 10 - 16, 2016, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available. (Posted June 1, 2015)


May 2015

Funding Opportunity: FY 15 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators

One discretionary grant in the amount of $175,000 will be awarded to plan and administer the National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators, to be held in 2016. This 2.5-day conference will provide training and technical assistance for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) administrators, staff, and board members; and facilitate a forum for the presentation of state issues and practices. The conference will employ lectures, panels, workshops, and forums to explore ways to improve the delivery of crime victim services; provide an opportunity for VOCA administrators to exchange information, views, and experiences; and provide training and technical assistance on effective program operations. Apply by July 13, 2015. (Posted May 28, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 VOCA Victim Compensation Formula

OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual VOCA Victim Compensation Formula grant equal to 60 percent of what the state spent in state-funded benefits 2 years previously, other than amounts awarded for property damage. Funds under this program shall be used by the states and territories for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by July 1, 2015. (Posted May 22, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 VOCA Victim Assistance Formula

OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual VOCA Victim Assistance Formula grant to support eligible crime victim assistance programs in that state or territory. Funds under this program shall be used by the states and territories to support eligible crime victim assistance programs that provide direct services to crime victims with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 22, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project

OVC will make one award of up to $2,000,000 to improve access to services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of crime by cataloguing existing comprehensive services. Through this project, OVC will support the creation of a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource that empowers victims to seek comprehensive services; support victim service providers in their efforts to expand their outreach on behalf of victims to ensure that services provided reflect the myriad needs of AI/AN crime victims; and provide a clear picture of service gaps for private, federal, and state funders. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 19, 2015)

*For additional information about how to apply to this solicitation, please see Pre-Application Conference Calls Q&A.


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program—Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

OVC will make up to one award of up to $150,000 for a fellowship that will focus on the issues of victims of elder abuse and elder financial exploitation. The fellowship recipient will work in the Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) of the Department of Justice Civil Division, in Washington, D.C. EJI provides resources to victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve those victims; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who respond to victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation; and researchers seeking to understand and address elder abuse and financial exploitation. Visit the Jobs & Fellowships section of the OVC Web site for general information about OVC's fellowship program. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 18, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Services for Family Members of Victims of Overseas Kidnapping and Hostage Taking and Returned Hostages

OVC will make one award of up to $200,000 to identify the needs of families of overseas hostages, kidnapping victims, and returned hostages; and provide information and referrals to available services, assistance, and emotional support as they navigate the complex issues that arise in the aftermath of the kidnapping or hostage-taking. Applicants must demonstrate an established capacity to operate on a national level, as well as knowledge of the victim services field and the ability to coordinate and collaborate with, and provide referrals to, available resources and services throughout the United States, including those at the local level, to support the family members of these victims and returned hostages. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 18, 2015)


Loretta E. Lynch, 83rd Attorney General of the United States

Loretta E. Lynch, 83rd Attorney General of the United States On April 29, 2015, Loretta E. Lynch was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States. In her remarks, Attorney General Lynch stated that we “can imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness, for the protection of both the needs of victims and the rights of all. We can restore trust and faith both in our laws and in those of us who enforce them. We can protect the most vulnerable among us from the scourge of modern-day slavery – so antithetical to the values forged in blood in this country."

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(Posted May 12, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Language Access Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC will make one award of up to $1,000,000 to a national-scope organization to enhance training, technical assistance, public awareness, and capacity-building resources on language access for victim service providers and allied professionals. The objectives of this program are to improve access to services for crime victims who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, or who have limited English proficiency; increase victim service providers' and allied professionals' understanding of their legal and ethical obligations related to language access; and produce high-quality training, technical assistance, online resources, tools, and products to improve language access. Apply by June 24, 2015. (Posted May 8, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Victim Services Language Access Fellowship Program

OVC will make one award of up to $150,000 to an individual that will work with OVC to develop and implement a strategic initiative that ensures OVC's products, programs, and services are accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Applicants must be individuals (organizations are not eligible to apply) who have prior experience with language access and victim services initiatives, especially for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and/or LEP communities. Apply by June 24, 2015. (Posted May 8, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Vision 21 Innovation Grants: Enhancing and Transforming Services for Victims of Crime

Through cooperative agreements in up to 8 program areas, OVC will provide funding to enhance and transform services for victims of crime and to reach and serve more crime victims and address gaps in the crime victims’ field. OVC will consider proposals that provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning with a focus on identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge, assessing or developing and evaluating innovative practices, developing evidence-based training and technical assistance, or developing strategic approaches of leveraging resources to reach and serve more victims. Apply by June 18, 2015. (Posted May 4, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity

OVC will make several awards of up to $60,000 each to state VOCA compensation programs to enhance data collection efforts to increase the accuracy of administrative reporting through the OVC Performance Management Tool. Proposals must demonstrate how the funding would improve the state’s data collection capacity to satisfy the new OVC reporting requirements. Apply by June 17, 2015. (Posted May 4, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 State Victim Assistance Academy Technical Assistance Solicitation

OVC will make one award of up to $1,000,000 to a training and technical assistance provider to develop tools and resources to replicate, evaluate, support, and sustain State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA). SVAAs provide comprehensive, academically based, fundamental education and training for victim service providers and allied professionals to ensure that all crime victims receive the culturally competent, trauma-informed services they need. Apply by June 15, 2015. (Posted May 1, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program: Vision 21 Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data

OVC will make up to one award of up to $500,000 for a joint fellowship program with BJS focused on the translation and dissemination of statistical data used by the victim service field. The individual awarded funding under this fellowship program will work with both OVC and BJS to improve the synthesis and translation of social science research and statistical findings to inform practice and policies in the victim services field. Visit the Jobs & Fellowships section of the OVC Web site for general information about OVC's fellowship program. Apply by June 15, 2015. (Posted May 1, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Supporting Male Survivors of Violence

OVC will make several awards of up to $1,000,000 each to improve responses to male survivors of violence, particularly boys and young men of color, and their families, and to dedicate technical assistance to support these efforts. OVC is particularly interested in strengthening victim service providers’ knowledge and skills, resulting in innovative programs and practices that foster a better understanding among criminal and juvenile justice systems and inform service providers about the needs and rights of these victims. Both OVC and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will provide oversight for all of the projects funded through this solicitation. Apply by June 17, 2015. (Posted May 1, 2015)

*For additional information about how to apply to this solicitation, please see the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Solicitation Q&A and Additional Participant Questions & Answers.


April 2015

Funding Opportunity: FY 15 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects Competitive Solicitation

OVC will award up to $375,000 to provide financial and technical assistance to approximately 60 communities nationwide to conduct 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Community Awareness Projects (CAP) on crime victims' rights and services in their jurisdictions during 2016 NCVRW. The selected applicant must be positioned to undertake a nationwide solicitation for proposals and the delivery of technical assistance to recipient organizations; capable of marketing the project so that it meets the goal of funding a project in every state; and able to assemble a group of expert reviewers who are familiar with NCVRW and the victim assistance field, and who are willing to volunteer their services to review every application received and be a part of the selection process. Apply by June 15, 2015. (Posted April 30, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit 2.0 Competitive Solicitation

OVC will make one award of up to $700,000 to update the SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART Toolkit) to ensure that it contains the most current research, practices, and information to support sexual assault victims—particularly underserved populations. The SART Toolkit is an online resource for information and tools to establish, strengthen, and sustain sexual assault response teams in a variety of settings. Eligible applicants are limited to organizations with national-scope expertise on sexual assault and a track record of developing national-scope technical assistance resources, and that have existing strong relationships with a range of victim-serving organizations at the local, tribal, state, and federal levels. Apply by June 8, 2015. (Posted April 22, 2015)


Learn More about the Individuals and Organizations Recognized at the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

Attorney General Eric Holder honored 12 individuals, programs, teams, and organizations during the April 21st National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Joye Frost, OVC Director, also addressed attendees at this annual event that honors extraordinary service to crime victims. If you missed the event or would like to learn more, visit:


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Training and Technical Assistance on Comprehensive Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims

Awards of up to $500,000 will be made to expand access to comprehensive legal services for victims of human trafficking through training and technical assistance. Trafficking victims face an array of legal challenges and access to trained legal counsel assists victims in increasing their safety, financial security, independence, and self-sufficiency. This program seeks to expand the capacity of the existing legal services network to meet these critical needs. Apply by June 18, 2015. (Posted April 17, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking including services for underserved victims of human trafficking. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 16, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals. Funding will support interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking and the provision of high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 16, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

One cooperative agreement of up to $450,000 will be awarded to plan and conduct, in cooperation with OVC, the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime, which will take place in 2016. The goal of this project is to provide timely training, information about best practices, and resources to increase and enhance the skills of victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and other allied professionals in order to improve their ability to respond to the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 14, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC will make two awards of up to $1,500,000 each to support the training and technical assistance needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities that receive grant funds from OVC under Purpose Area 6 (Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities) and Purpose Area 7 (Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program) of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, as well as Vision 21 Community Wellness Centers. Deadline: June 1, 2015. (Posted April 14, 2015)


March 2015

Listen Now: Interview with OVC Director Joye Frost on NCVRW 2015 and OVC’s work to Support Crime Victims

On March 26, 2015, OVC Director Joye Frost participated in an interview for The Social Network Show, an online radio series sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) which promotes best practices in cyber safety, crime prevention, and social justice issues.

In this interview, Director Frost provides information on the ways OVC enhances the work of national, state, and local agencies and organizations to assist crime victims and how the Crime Victims Fund further supports these efforts.

Director Frost highlights that everyone has a role in supporting crime victims, and that support can come from service providers, friends, family, and neighbors. This is also reflected in the 2015 NCVRW theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—which emphasizes the role of the entire community—individually and collectively—to support victims of crime and empower them to begin their healing from their victimization. This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held April 19 - 25, and more information can be found at ovc.ncjrs.gov/NCVRW.

Listen to this interview on The Social Network Show co-hosted by Dr. Jane Karwoski and NCPC Senior Communications Director Michelle Boykins. (Posted March 26, 2015)


Now Available in Spanish—The 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), is pleased to announce the availability of the entire National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide EN ESPAÑOL (in Spanish) online. For the first time in the history of the Resource Guide the Statistical Overviews have been translated into Spanish.

This user-friendly package contains everything you need to host and promote NCVRW in your community and to promote victims’ rights throughout the year. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery. Included in the Resource Guide are campaign materials such as artwork, educational content, helpful hints, and a Theme Video that highlights the importance of building partnerships with community leaders and organizations.

Join OVC in our mission to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. Access both the English and Spanish versions of the Resource Guide online today. (Posted March 23, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to develop the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The comprehensive Resource Guide will support victim service providers, victim advocates, allied professionals, and the general public in their efforts to heighten awareness of crime victim issues nationwide during NCVRW in April 2016, and throughout the year. Deadline: April 29, 2015. (Posted March 13, 2015)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Deadline: May 11, 2015. (Posted March 11, 2015)


February 2015

Register to attend the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

The National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony will be held April 21, 2015, in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

  • When: 2-3:30 p.m.(Eastern Time) on April 21, 2015
  • Where: National Archives - William G. McGowan Theater
  •   700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
  •   Washington, DC 20408
  • Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.

For more information about this event and to register, visit www.ncvrw.org by Friday, April 17, 2015. (Posted February 10, 2015)


Attend OVC's Vision 21 Third Forum: A Data-Driven Approach to Victim Services in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Join us, as OVC holds the third in a series of forums addressing OVC's Vision 21 initiative on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. eastern time, at the Office of Justice Programs (third floor main ballroom) in Washington, DC. We encourage all victim-focused services providers, researchers, and policymakers to attend, A Data-Driven Approach to Victim Services, which underscores the importance of researcher-practitioner partnerships and a data-driven approach to policy decisions impacting victims of crime.

Come hear Heather Warnken, Esq., LL.M., Legal Policy Associate at the Chief Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, as she presents her statewide research findings on:

  • the role of criminal justice system-based programs responding to violence against women,
  • a poll on crime victims' unmet needs,
  • victims' attitudes towards offenders and services for them,
  • research on repeat victimization and rebuilding lives, and
  • the implications of recent legislative developments.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Heidi Fam at heidi.fam@usdoj.gov no later than Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Please include your name, title, organization and state in your response. (Posted February 3, 2015)


January 2015

The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide is Now Available Online

OVC is pleased to announce that the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This user-friendly package contains everything you need to host and promote NCVRW in your community. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery.

Included in the Resource Guide are campaign materials including artwork and the theme video, educational content, helpful hints, and for the first time ever, a new statistical overview. These materials can also be downloaded for use offline.

Join OVC in our mission to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. Access the Resource Guide online today. (Posted January 22, 2015)


Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide

In October 2014, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance released the newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide and launched a new, mobile-friendly Human Trafficking Web site that provides human trafficking information for victims and survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

The e-Guide provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. Access the e-Guide to view new sections and strategies to:

  • strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration,
  • increase victim identification,
  • enhance victim-centered investigation, and
  • build stronger prosecution strategies.

Visit the Human Trafficking Web site to:

  • learn about human trafficking,
  • find resources based on the type of services you provide,
  • watch, download, and share public service announcements, and
  • read about OVC's efforts to combat human trafficking.

These resources have been prepared to help strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to assist victims of human trafficking. Take advantage of both today! (Posted January 8, 2015)


New Video Explores How the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) May Help Victims and Their Families

A newly released video from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) explores how the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) may provide financial assistance to victims of international terrorism and their families.

Administered by OVC, ITVERP is the only federal, direct-service program that provides reimbursement for qualifying expenses to qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees who suffered direct physical or emotional injury from an act of international terrorism while outside the United States.

This brief video from OVC highlights key program features and includes testimonials from individuals who have received ITVERP benefits. You can view the video online and access further information about the program on the OVC ITVERP Web site. (Posted January 5, 2015)


Join the National Campaign to Protect Consumers from Financial Fraud

Between 2010 and 2013, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action on fraudulent schemes that affected nearly 30,000 investors, with losses totaling more than $1 billion. To help arm every day consumers with the tools to reduce the risk of falling victim to fraud, the CFTC has launched SmartCheck.CFTC.gov.

The SmartCheck Web site provides educational tools to reduce financial and investment fraud. In addition to background check tools, the newly launched Web site contains a variety of resources, including interactive videos that allow users to take part in a fictional financial scenario to help investors identify potential fraudulent schemes and make the best financial decision.

OVC works to address the needs of fraud victims, and encourages consumers to take advantage of these new tools. Visit the SmartCheck Web site to access effective tools to check backgrounds of financial professionals and access the full range of resources. (Posted January 2, 2015).


 

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