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Register for Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Pre-application Webinars

OVC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice, will conduct four additional pre-application webinars to review solicitation requirements for the FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.

Attend one of the following pre-application webinars:

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec85192fd2b242fa7923dc65482bc1a46
Host: National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4027f1520d68bee24d87bd78b0ba2c4d
Host: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anchorage, Alaska

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee12e99e1026d078d2b8cd756f42722bc
Host: Yuut Elitnaurviat, Bethel, Alaska

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e09a221db081025d0c73ead7745420c53
Host: United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee

Congress has set aside $167 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to improve services for victims of crime in tribal communities. This program can support a wide variety of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, families of homicides, elder abuse and more. The program can support activities such as needs assessments, crisis services, shelters, transportation, and many critical services. Learn more and apply by August 16, 2019.

View recordings of previous pre-application webinars.

(Posted July 16, 2019)

Attend the OVC Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to participate in a Tribal Consultation regarding how potential future tribal set-aside funding from the Crime Victims Fund should be programmed.

The consultation will be held on August 20, 2019, at the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan. The OVC Tribal Consultation precedes the Office on Violence Against Women's 14th Annual Tribal Consultation.

Register online for the OVC Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding. You may also register onsite from 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

View an informational Framing Paper that provides relevant background and questions for you to consider in advance of the session.

(Posted July 11, 2019; Updated July 19, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime

Apply for the Funding OpportunityFY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime solicitation.

The overarching goal of this program is to support victims of crime and to bridge gaps in services to victims. The objectives of this program are to—

  • identify and address gaps in knowledge,
  • develop and assess innovative practices,
  • deliver much-needed victim assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and other victim populations,
  • encourage evidence-based training and technical assistance, and/or
  • develop strategic approaches for leveraging resources to reach and serve more victims.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Purpose Area 1: Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Tribal Crime Victim Services
  • Purpose Area 2: Innovations in Telehealth
  • Purpose Area 3: Improving Responses to Victims of Burglary
  • Purpose Area 4: Improving the Ordering and Collecting of Restitution for Victims
  • Purpose Area 5: Other Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Crime Victim Services

Across all 5 purpose areas, OVC expects to make up to 12 awards of up to $800,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 25, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime solicitation. Apply by July 26, 2019.

(Posted June 17, 2019; Updated July 12, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation

Apply for the Funding OpportunityFY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation solicitation.

Older victims of crime have unique challenges in accessing legal services following victimization, particularly in rural communities. Elder abuse has been referred to as a "hidden epidemic" in the United States, with estimates that it affects 10% of persons age 60 and older.

This program will provide increased legal services for older victims of crime (particularly in rural areas), educate attorneys and allied professionals about the needs of older victims, and increase coordinated multidisciplinary responses in supporting older victims of crime.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of—

  • civil legal representation for older crime victims;
  • enforcement of crime victims' rights;
  • management of sub-award organizations; and
  • experience with training and technical assistance.

This program will be implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Equal Justice Initiative and the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

OVC expects to make 1 award of up to $3,500,000 for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 24, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation solicitation. Apply by July 15, 2019.

(Posted June 14, 2019; Updated June 27, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development

Funding OpportunityOVC, consistent with the Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations, seeks to ensure that all trafficking victims receive support to access the services they need to heal in the aftermath of victimization.

OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development solicitation.

The purpose of this program is three-fold:

  • to enhance the quality of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by providing specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • to develop resources that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act to raise public awareness, promote community outreach, and create educational activities around the country to address human trafficking; and
  • to develop a key resource to improve the response to victims of human trafficking wherever they are identified.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Purpose Area 1: TTA on Crime Victim Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 2: TTA on Labor Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $1,000,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 3: TTA on State-Level Financial Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 4: Resource Development on Public Awareness for the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $450,000 for a 16-month performance period.
  • Purpose Area 5: Resource Development on 'Standards of Care' for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $750,000 for a 3-year performance period.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development solicitation. Apply by July 10, 2019.

(Posted June 10, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming America’s Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Funding OpportunityOVC is pleased to release the FY 2019 Transforming America’s Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation solicitation in time for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—to be commemorated on June 15, 2019.

Under this program, OVC seeks applications to support the development and/or enhancement of multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) and to strengthen the capacity of "enhanced MDTs" to better identify and respond to cases of abuse and more comprehensively serve and support victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. The program will also fund a National Elder Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center to support enhanced MDTs funded under this solicitation.

OVC intends to fund two separate purpose areas under this solicitation:

Purpose Area 1: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams
To fund approximately 10 to 22 enhanced MDT’s (E-MDTs) at the rural, tribal, local or state levels, including existing and new teams. Up to 12 of these E-MDTs to be funded would be non-tribal applicants, and up to 10 could be E-MDTs within tribal communities. These teams should include forensic accountants, neuropsychologists, medical personnel and/or other appropriate professionals (to possibly evaluate the victim’s cognitive abilities and capacity), so that case-related efforts more comprehensively consider and address the needs of older victims of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make approximately 10 to 22 awards of up to $375,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

Purpose Area 2: Multidisciplinary Team Technical Assistance Center
To fund the development of a National Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team Training and Technical Assistance Center (National Elder Abuse MDT TTA Center) to support OVC-funded E-MDTs. Applicants for Purpose Area 2 should have experience and expertise in serving tribal victims or propose a partnership with a subgrantee with this experience.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $3,000,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 17, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming America’s Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation solicitation. Apply by July 8, 2019.

(Posted June 7, 2019; Updated June 21, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams solicitation

This program seeks to develop or enhance statewide or regional telehealth programs to improve the quality of healthcare for sexual assault victims, increase the access and quality of forensic evidence collection, and expand the reach of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services through telehealth technology for communities with limited access to trained SANEs.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: State/Tribal/Regional Demonstration Sites
The primary goal of this program is to increase the number of highly trained, experienced SANEs and other medical forensic examiners and provide high-quality care for victims of sexual assault.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make up to 3 awards of up to $4,000,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019. OVC may also make additional awards to applicants serving tribal populations.

Purpose Area 2: Technical Assistance Provider
The successful applicant under this program will provide technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites during the planning and implementation of a telehealth program.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $2,000,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

View a change to page 6 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-Using-Telehealth-SANE-Solicitation-Updates.pdf

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams solicitation. Apply by July 17, 2019.

(Posted June 7, 2019; Updated June 27, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation will provide funding for direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.

This FY 2019 solicitation consolidates multiple OVC human trafficking direct services programs released as separate solicitations in previous years. By combining multiple solicitations, OVC hopes to streamline the application process and to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (and focus areas):

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Focus Area # 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

Focus Area # 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services to Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services outlined within the Comprehensive Services Model.

Focus Area # 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces will provide funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces.

Over the past few years, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have provided joint funding to support Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces which required a significant amount of coordination between law enforcement and victim service provider applicants to submit joint applications for funding.

This year, OVC and BJA are allowing separate applications from victim service and law enforcement applicants that fully demonstrate each applicant’s strengths related to participation in a human trafficking task force.

Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services
Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. OVC is interested in supporting programs that will focus on one or more of the priority areas: housing, economic and leadership empowerment and/or education, mental health, substance abuse, and legal services.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 14, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 19, 2019.

(Posted June 5, 2019; Updated June 21, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to provide training and technical assistance to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance service providers and others who work with victims of crime. Activities funded through this program may include, but are not limited to—

  • the establishment or enhancement of state victim assistance academies,
  • statewide training initiatives,
  • crime victim-related conferences,
  • basic training for new programs, or
  • scholarships to attend conferences and/or training.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4 million. The anticipated period of performance for these grants will be from the award date through September 30, 2022.

Eligible applicants are limited to state administering agencies for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Program Formula Grants.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 17, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees. Apply by July 18, 2019.

(Posted June 3, 2019; Updated June 19, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of sex and labor trafficking by—

  • integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal jurisdiction level and
  • enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth.

Recognizing that each state/tribe is unique, applicants should identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to—

  • identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or
  • investigating and prosecuting these trafficking cases.

Applicants should propose a program to systematically address these barriers. OVC is particularly interested in applications from states with a high geographic need for this program.

OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $6 million. OVC expects to make the awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 13, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking. Apply by July 1, 2019.

(Posted May 31, 2019; Updated June 17, 2019)

2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Dates Announced: April 19–25

In 2020, National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be commemorated April 19–25.

Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List, or update your contact information, to receive 2020 NCVRW announcements including—

  • the theme and colors,
  • the availability of the Resource Guide, and
  • details concerning the National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period and ceremony.
(Posted May 31, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking solicitation.

OVC will make awards to increase the quantity and quality of services currently available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking who reside in urban areas.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Direct Services
Applicants may apply to this purpose area to request funding to—

  • develop or enhance their organizational capacity to provide services to urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking;
  • develop and sustain collaborative partnerships;
  • conduct community outreach and awareness activities; and
  • provide training to other stakeholders on how to meet the needs of urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking.

Applicants for this purpose area must demonstrate that they will provide services to the target population in an urban community as defined on page 4 of the solicitation.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make up to 7 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

Purpose Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance
Applicants may apply to this purpose area to provide capacity-building training and technical assistance to successful grantees under Purpose Area 1.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $550,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking. Apply by July 15, 2019.

(Posted May 30, 2019; Updated June 25, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program

Funding OpportunityApply for the Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program. The Application Deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m., eastern time, on Friday, August 16, 2019.

The overall goal of this program is to provide support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime.

OVC is soliciting applications to support a comprehensive range of activities including—

  • needs assessment,
  • strategic planning,
  • program development and implementation,
  • program expansion, and
  • other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Establishment of a New Victim Service Program
Applicants that have no existing victim services program, including applicants that do not have programs and are going to coordinate with others to provide services to them.

Purpose Area 2: Coordination and Expansion of Existing Victim Service Program
The goal under this purpose area is for existing victim service programs to expand and enhance their services so that they can become more victim-centered, culturally competent, and provide more services, better services, serve more victims, and provide services to crime victims for whom there were no services available previously.

Please note: FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #6 and Purpose Area #7 applicants ARE eligible to apply under this solicitation. However, the applicant may not request duplicative activities and budget items.

View changes to pages 1, 3, 10, 12, and 35 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-VSSA-Solicitation-Updates.pdf.

OVC conducted two pre-application webinars on June 20 and June 27 to review the solicitation requirements and answer question with interested potential applicants. Recordings and transcripts of both webinars are available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

OVC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice, will also conduct four additional pre-application webinars to review solicitation requirements.

Attend one of the following pre-application webinars:

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec85192fd2b242fa7923dc65482bc1a46
Host: National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4027f1520d68bee24d87bd78b0ba2c4d
Host: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anchorage, Alaska

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee12e99e1026d078d2b8cd756f42722bc
Host: Yuut Elitnaurviat, Bethel, Alaska

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (eastern time)
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e09a221db081025d0c73ead7745420c53
Host: United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, August 16, 2019.

(Posted May 29, 2019; Updated July 16, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as the result of the opioid crisis.

OVC developed the following objectives as a framework for applicants to be able to successfully achieve the overarching program goal of serving young victims of this crisis:

  • Objective 1: Deliver information, services, and support to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis.

  • Objective 2: Build and implement a feedback system to further identify and define the scope of the community- or jurisdiction-specific problem (related to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis), the associated victim needs, the resources and services available, and remaining gaps to be addressed.

  • Objective 3: Establish or enhance a seamless, comprehensive, community-driven, and multidisciplinary response to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 10, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Apply by July 11, 2019.

(Posted May 28, 2019; Updated June 11, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program solicitation.

This program will develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including by connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them.

Funding under this program will support an estimated 80 victim specialist grants to state, tribal, and/or local law enforcement agencies to hire victim services staff to develop new programs or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim specialist programs.

Eligible applicants for this opportunity are limited to public law enforcement agencies (including municipal, county, state, and tribal agencies).

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Apply by July 26, 2019.

(Posted May 24, 2019; Updated July 15, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines solicitation.

This program seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies to implement visionary statewide technology programs to—

  • enhance victims' access to services,
  • foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services,
  • improve the quality of services, and
  • improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.

OVC expects to make up to 9 awards of up to $600,000 each, to implement other visionary statewide technology programs as outlined in the solicitation's Program Description.

OVC also expects to make up to 5 awards of up to $440,000 each, for projects focused primarily on establishing or enhancing elder abuse or elder crime victim service hotlines (or the elder victim services portion of other general crime victim service hotlines).

In addition to VOCA Formula State Administering Agencies, other organizations are also eligible to apply for funding when such an application is in partnership with the SAA for the applicant's state.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 11, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines funding opportunity. Apply by July 8, 2019.

(Posted May 23, 2019; Updated June 13, 2019)

Upcoming Regional Trainings for Victim Advocates

The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims, with funding support from OVC, will be holding a series of regional trainings to support victim advocates in reaching survivors from underserved communities.

The Expanding Our Response: Identifying, Engaging, and Serving Crime Survivors from Underserved Communities trainings is for victim advocates who work with victims and survivors from many different races, ages, genders, and other backgrounds.

Attendees will explore topics that include who is being served by their program, barriers to service and how to remove them, resiliency among survivors, and steps to take to strengthen partnerships.

The five planned trainings are as follows:

  • Decatur, Georgia: June 26 and 27
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: July 24 and 25
  • Vancouver, Washington: August 21 and 22
  • Austin, Texas: September 10 and 11
  • Arlington, Virginia: September 17 and 18

Space is limited for each training and registration is required to attend. Registration will close on May 24 for the training in Decatur. Registration will close on June 24 for the other four trainings.

Register now for one of the upcoming five regional training sessions.

(Posted May 23, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims solicitation.

Under this solicitation, OVC seeks to support Family Justice Centers or similar co-located service model agencies as they transform service delivery to more effectively meet the needs of polyvictims (when a person endures multiple victimizations of different kinds, as opposed to experiencing a single type of victimization repeatedly).

OVC plans to fund cooperative agreements to expand the work and lessons learned from OVC's FY 2016 demonstration initiative, "A Pathway to Justice, Healing, and Hope: Addressing Polyvictimization in a Family Justice Center."

Through the FY 2016 initiative, a polyvictimization assessment tool was developed, validated, and pilot-tested for use to identify polyvictims and to build capacity in Family Justice Centers (FJCs) to serve polyvictims in a more holistic manner.

Applicants may apply under the purpose areas listed below.

Purpose Area 1: FJC Polyvictimization Implementation Sites
OVC expects to fund up to six FJCs or similar co-located service model agencies up to $850,000 each to:

  • implement the validated assessment tool (see Appendix A in the solicitation);
  • increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically;
  • expand case management services to include a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the survivors; and
  • build capacity within their communities to leverage existing and new resources for crime victims.

Purpose Area 2: Polyvictimization Technical Assistance Provider
OVC anticipates funding one organization up to $1 million to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites selected under this program.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 20, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims funding opportunity. Apply by July 8, 2019.

(Posted May 9, 2019; Updated June 4, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims.

Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on January 1, 2020.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking funding opportunity. Apply by June 27, 2019.

(Posted April 29, 2019; Updated May 29, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program solicitation.

This grant program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization.

Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each. The estimated total amount awarded under this program is anticipated to be $2 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 14, 2019, to review the solicitation requirements. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Apply by June 26, 2019.

(Posted April 26, 2019; Updated May 29, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

Through this program, OVC will support national-scope initiatives and regional initiatives (that can be replicated nationally) to maximize the use of technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. OVC will give priority to proposals that have a national scope, as those projects may have the potential to serve more victims, but an exceptional proposal that is initially regional in scope could certainly be competitive. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
  2. Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
  3. Expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 7 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $8 million.

(Posted April 25, 2019)

ITVERP Launches Online Application to Streamline Claims Process

The Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC's) International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) releases a new online application and claims tracking portal.

Now, eligible claimants can file their ITVERP applications online and track their claim's progress throughout the lifecycle of their claim. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals working for the U.S. government at the time of a terrorist incident are eligible to apply for ITVERP.

Learn more about ITVERP.

(Posted April 25, 2019)

Register for OVC's Putting the Pieces Together Webinar on Special Conditions

Grantee Webinar SeriesThe Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) held a webinar for all OVC discretionary and formula grantees about Understanding Your Award Special Conditions on April 30, 2019.

This webinar provides grantees with knowledge and resources on the variety of special conditions that must be met to successfully manage their OVC grant award(s).

Programmatic Points of Contact and Financial Points of Contact for all Fiscal Year 2018 OVC discretionary grantees and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula administrators are encouraged to view the webinar.

View a recording of the Understanding Your Award Special Conditions webinar.

(Posted April 17, 2019; Updated May 30, 2019)

Watch the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on Facebook Live

OVC annually recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services.

The award recipients are selected from nominations in a variety of categories for their vision, action, and leadership in improving the lives of victims in the aftermath of crime. The honorees are recognized at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, April 12.

If you can't attend the event in person, OVC encourages you to watch the ceremony on Facebook Live.

If you want to receive a notification when the Facebook Live session begins, click "Get Reminder" before the event and then login to your account before the ceremony starts. We recommend that you check your Facebook settings to make sure you receive notifications for Live events.

(Posted April 11, 2019)

Announcing the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients

Meet this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards recipients.

These exceptional individuals and organizations were recognized during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime honored former Attorney General Edwin Meese III during the Awards Ceremony. Mr. Meese received the inaugural Victim Rights Legend Award in recognition of his significant role for many decades in securing vital services and funding for victims of crime, and assuring the victim's voice is heard in the criminal justice system and in public policy.

The following 12 individuals and organizations were also honored during the Awards Ceremony:

  • Laura Abbott, Victims' Rights Arkansas, Cabot, AR: Volunteer for Victims Award.

  • Sergeant Amy Dudewicz, Special Victims Unit, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Albuquerque, NM: Allied Professional Award.

  • Diana Faugno, Eisenhower Medical Center and Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Rancho Mirage, CA: Allied Professional Award.

  • Susan Howley, Center for Victim Research, Justice Research and Statistics Association Washington, DC: Crime Victims' Rights Award.

  • Shari Kastein, Family Crisis Centers, Sioux Center, IA: Special Courage Award.

  • Richard H. Norcross III, Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Keasbey, NJ: Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services.

  • San Mateo County Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team, San Mateo, CA: Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award.

  • James Shaw, Jr., James Shaw Jr. Foundation, Nashville, TN: Special Courage Award.

  • Missey Smith, The Kelsey Smith Foundation, Overland Park, KS: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.

  • Eva Velasquez, Identity Theft Resource Center, San Diego, CA: National Crime Victim Service Award.

  • Mark Weiner, Licking County Prosecutor's Office, Newark, OH: National Crime Victim Service Award.

  • Hallie Bongar White, Southwest Center for Law and Policy, Tucson, AZ: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:

Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive notification about the nomination period for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

(Posted April 9, 2019; Updated May 10, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

The overall goal of this project is to successfully establish and execute national-scope and community-based approaches that buffer and mitigate the negative effects of vicarious trauma. Many first responders and victim service providers are affected by vicarious trauma, defined as the exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people, because of their repeated exposure to crime victimization.

The purpose of this solicitation is to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise (at the national, regional, tribal, state, and local levels), weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in a particular community, and provide free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust established and sustained response to vicarious trauma in at least 10 to 15 community implementation sites (including American Indian/Alaska Native communities).

OVC expects to make one award of up to $3 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019, and end on September 30, 2022.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

(Posted April 3, 2019; Updated April 30, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization grant solicitation.

OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address cases involving children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce the number of child fatalities within each of the participating jurisdictions.

Purpose Area 1
During Phase I of this initiative, five demonstration sites will—

  • examine relevant data for at least the previous 5 years locally,

  • establish formal partnerships and Memoranda of Understanding with key stakeholders, and

  • create a strategic plan and needs assessment to implement a comprehensive approach for reducing child injuries and fatalities.

During Phase II, sites will work with OVC and the technical assistance provider to implement their strategic plan that was established during the planning phase and carry out a communications strategy that engages the broader community.

OVC expects to make up to five awards to demonstration sites for up to $750,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded under this purpose area of up to $3.75 million.

Purpose Area 2
This initiative will award funding to one organization (or group of organizations with one designated lead) to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the demonstration sites and actively share findings and lessons learned with the larger crime victims' field.

The successful applicant will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of this initiative, including the national evaluation. OVC expects to make one award under this purpose area of up to $1.5 million for a 36-month period of performance.

All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study which will be competed this year under a separate solicitation.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

(Posted March 28, 2019; Updated April 19, 2019)

Blog Highlights OJP Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

In a recent blog post, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt Dummermuth highlighted a number of initiatives through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to combat human trafficking.

In fiscal year 2018, OJP granted more than $67 million to fight trafficking at the national, state, local, and tribal levels. Included in these efforts are OVC programs which support services to survivors of human trafficking.

OVC's anti-trafficking grantees strengthen the victim assistance response in states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of victim services across the country. From mid-2017 to mid-2018, OVC grantees reported serving a record number of nearly 9,000 human trafficking clients. Grantees also trained more than 76,000 professionals who can assist in identifying victims and help them on their path to recovery.

Visit the OJP blog to read more about how OJP is working to enhance service for victims and help local authorities prosecute those responsible for human trafficking crimes.

(Posted March 28, 2019)

Register for Suicide Prevention Trainings for Crime Victim Advocates

The Education Development Center is offering a series of suicide prevention train-the-trainer courses designed specifically for crime victim advocates who are not clinical mental health professionals.

With funding support from OVC, the Center developed the HOPE curriculum (Notice Hints, Ask Openly About Suicide, Validate Pain, and Explore Reasons to Live). This prevention training curriculum is designed specifically for crime victim advocates.

HOPE prepares advocates who work with adult crime victims to properly identify, intervene, and refer individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of suicidality to appropriate care and follow-up treatment. Event participants will learn how to deliver the HOPE curriculum.

Register today for one of the following 2-day trainings:

  • May 2–3, 2019, in Washington, DC
  • May 21–May 22, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas
  • June 4–5, 2019, in Portland, Oregon
  • June 18–19, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • July 30–31, 2019, in Denver, Colorado
  • August 1–2, 2019, in Denver, Colorado (this training is specifically for victim advocates who serve victims in Indian country)

A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

(Posted March 21, 2019)

Now Available: 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)The complete 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This year, NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13.

This year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.

The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, theme video, artwork, and more.

Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.

(Posted March 5, 2019; updated March 29, 2019)

Register to Attend the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)Every year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.

Join OVC at the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.

When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 12, 2019
Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC  20408
Attendee Entrance: Enter on Constitution Avenue at the 7th Street Special Event entrance.

Learn more about the ceremony and register to attend.

(Posted February 26, 2019)

Now Online: 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide Theme Artwork and Sample Proclamation

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)OVC is pleased to announce the 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide theme artwork, theme poster, awareness posters, and web artwork. The artwork is available in both English and Spanish.

The 2019 NCVRW sample proclamation is also available for download.

These materials were designed to help inspire your community and raise awareness of victims' rights. Share this artwork and sample proclamation to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.

Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive notification when the complete Resource Guide is available.

(Posted February 19, 2019)

More Than $8.3 Million Awarded to Support California Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

OVC has awarded more than $8.3 million in Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program funding to aid California survivors of the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

This new grant award supports the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, because 35 of the 58 murder victims and approximately 200 of those physically injured were from California.

This funding will help California cover the costs of supplemental crime victim compensation expenses; victim assistance, such as mental health and peer support groups; outreach to identify and contact victims, including a virtual victim resiliency center; and related expenses for support staff to provide these activities.

In addition to this award, in November 2018, OVC awarded more than $16.7 million to the state of Nevada to assist victims of this terrorist attack.

Learn more about the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program.

(Posted February 19, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC is seeking applicants for its OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowFY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.

Organizations funded under this program will—

  • provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
  • ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
  • document the progress of the project.

This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on February 20, 2019. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 4, 2019.

For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

(Posted February 4, 2019, updated March 7, 2019)

2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Online Theme Poster and Color Palette

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)The 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette and a customizable copy of the Theme Poster are now available.

NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13, 2019, and this year's theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including the online release of the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide.

(Posted January 29, 2019)

30 Years Later: Remembering the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103

December 21, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, a tragedy that killed 259 passengers and crew and 11 residents of Lockerbie, Scotland.

On board the aircraft were citizens of 21 countries, including 189 Americans. The bombing, believed to be carried out by Libyan intelligence officers, was the largest terrorist attack in American history until 9/11.

After an investigation by the FBI and Scottish authorities, it would be over a decade from the time of the attack until two Libyan residents were put on trial. At the time of the trial, OVC created an assistance plan for the families of victims that included video coverage of the trial so that families could watch the proceedings.

The victim assistance plan crafted by then-OVC Director Kathryn Turman and her team would greatly inform the U.S. government's future policy toward victims of terrorism and other federal crimes.

"So much of what we ended up doing for 9/11 families and others has come from lessons learned from the Pan Am 103 families," Turman is quoted as saying in an article on FBI.gov.

On the 30th anniversary of this tragedy, OVC honors the memory of the 270 victims of Pan Am Flight 103, along with their families and loved ones.

(Posted December 21, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

Funding OpportunityThe U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

CTAS provides funding to federally recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victim services.

CTAS applicants have the flexibility to submit a single application and select from any or all of the 10 purpose areas, including two administered by OVC:

  • The Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (Purpose Area #6) provides funding, technical assistance, and training to help American Indian and Alaska Native communities develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve the investigation, prosecution, and handling of cases of criminal child abuse and neglect, and particularly child sexual abuse cases, in a manner which lessens trauma for child victims.
  • The Tribal Victim Services Program (Purpose Area #7) provides funding to support a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, victim-centered response to crime that emphasizes adopting a trauma-informed approach to the delivery of crime victim services. Funding supports a range of activities including needs assessments, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities to address the victim service needs of tribes.

Visit the CTAS solicitation website to learn more and apply for this funding opportunity. This site provides FAQs, templates, and other materials. Additionally, view the CTAS Tribal Victim Services Program Allowable and Unallowable Costs chart for Purpose Area 7 that gives an overview of the types of activities and items that are allowable.

For additional information, view the following FY 2019 CTAS pre-application webinar presentations:

The deadline to apply has been extended to 9:00 p.m. e.t. on March 12, 2019.

(Posted December 4, 2018, updated February 21, 2019)

Highlights from the OVC-Sponsored Summit on Justice for Rural Victims of Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Fraud imageOVC recently sponsored the Rural and Tribal Elder Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, to discuss strategies for how to protect senior citizens living in rural communities, which is a growing and complex public safety issue.

Many rural and tribal areas have small police departments or sheriff's offices that cover large areas with few staff and limited resources, making it difficult for law enforcement to conduct complicated fraud investigations. About 20 percent of senior citizens live in rural communities and the geographic isolation can create a greater vulnerability to abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

"OVC is committed to helping the victims of elder abuse across our country," said OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson. "We constantly strive to do all we can to see that our senior citizens live with peace of mind, a sense of security and the support of those they love."

Visit the OJP blog to read more about the summit and learn how OVC supports older victims of financial abuse living in rural communities.

(Posted December 4, 2018)

More Than $16.7 Million Awarded to Support Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

"This Department of Justice stands with our first responders and victims of crime," Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said as he announced that OVC has awarded more than $16.7 million in Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding to aid survivors of the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

More than 600 were physically injured and 58 were killed when a man opened fire on concert-goers. The funding will help cover the costs of counseling, therapy, rehabilitation, trauma recovery, and legal aid for those affected.

"While we cannot undo the harm that has been done, this Department of Justice is doing what we can to help Las Vegas heal," he added.

Learn more about the AEAP on our website.

(Posted December 3, 2018)

Signup to Receive the 2019 NCVRW Theme and Awareness Poster Kit

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 7–13, 2019, and this year's theme is Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.

Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list or update your preferences by December 10, 2018 to ensure that you receive a complimentary printed copy of this year's Theme and Awareness Poster Kit. Subscribers will also receive email updates when the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide is available online and other information about future NCVRW commemorations.

(Posted November 27, 2018)

Use New Step-by-Step Guide to Navigate the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering to help victims of crime, due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence.

In 2017, OVC launched The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.

Informed by research and lessons learned, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the VTT Blueprint for a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization. Created by and for the field, this step-by-step guide provides additional tools and technical assistance to help organizations begin the process of becoming more trauma-informed.

Access the new VTT component, Blueprint for a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization, to get started. The blueprint includes four steps to help guide you:

  1. Lay the foundation for success. Obtain buy-in from organizational leadership and designate staff to lead the effort.
  2. Assess current organizational capacity for addressing vicarious trauma. Conduct an organizational assessment using sample scoresheets. This step also features a sample report to help communicate your findings.
  3. Determine priorities and develop an action plan. Learn how to identify priorities, communicate the action plan with staff, and monitor progress.
  4. Explore the VTT for resources to implement your action plan. Use the priorities and tasks in your action plan to help address the needs of your staff.
(Posted November 27, 2018)

Attend the OVC Tribal Listening Session on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to participate in a Tribal Listening Session on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding regarding how potential future tribal set-aside funding from the Crime Victims Fund should be administered.

The session will be held on December 4, 2018, from 1:30–5:30 p.m. on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California and in conjunction with the 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime (December 5–7, 2018).

View an informational paper that provides relevant background and questions for you to consider in advance of the session.

Register online for the Tribal Listening Session on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding. You may also register on-site from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

(Posted November 19, 2018)

OVC Supports Expansion of Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior announced the expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to 25 new tribes by the end of 2019.

Through TAP, tribal law enforcement agencies are better able to protect victims of domestic violence, register sex offenders, keep guns out of dangerous hands, and help locate missing people.

TAP helps tribal law enforcement to access critical data through the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Systems network and other national crime information systems.

The dramatic expansion of the program will increase the number of TAP participating tribes by more than 50 percent — from 47 tribes to 72.

TAP is a program funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior; the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking; the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; and OVC.

(Posted November 13, 2018)

Register for the OVC Grantee Orientation Webinar (November 27, 2018)

Grantee Orientation imageOVC will hold an orientation webinar for new OVC discretionary and formula grantees on November 27, 2018, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. e.t.

This webinar will help equip new grantees with the knowledge and resources to successfully manage grant awards. Webinar attendees will also learn about OVC and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, special conditions, grant management, and program monitoring.

Programmatic Points of Contact and Financial Points of Contact for all Fiscal Year 2018 OVC discretionary grantees and new Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula administrators are encouraged to attend.

Register for the Putting the Pieces Together - OVC Grantee Orientation.

(Posted November 9, 2018)

Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California

We at OVC extend our deepest sympathy to the victims of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. OVC staff also extend our condolences to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and the family and loved ones of Sergeant Ron Helus whose watch ended while responding to this incident.

OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/thousand-oaks-california.html.

(Posted November 8, 2018)

OVC Awards More Than $60 Million To Support Victims of Human Trafficking

The Office of Justice Programs recently announced awards of more than $67 million to combat human trafficking. OVC administers more than $60 million of these awards to support programs that assist victims of human trafficking.

These OVC-funded projects seek to—

  • enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive and specialized services available to human trafficking victims,
  • develop and implement effective task forces to identify and assist victims,
  • provide training and technical assistance to providers and allied professionals, and
  • promote innovative ways to provide trauma-informed services to survivors.

OVC has long supported victims of human trafficking, and OVC-supported programs impact survivors across the country. In a one-year period from mid-2016 to mid-2017, OVC's human trafficking grantees served more than 8,000 clients and trained tens of thousands of service providers, investigators, and judicial personnel.

(Posted November 6, 2018)

Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

OVC staff extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/pittsburgh-pennsylvania.html.

(Posted October 29, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, under a cooperative agreement with OVC, is seeking proposals for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 7–13, 2019.

Approximately 80 communities will receive awards up to $6,000 each in reimbursement for approved activities, including public events; mass media advertising; and production, publication, and distribution of printed materials.

Public agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and any organization advocating for the rights of crime victims are encouraged to apply.

Learn more and apply on the CAP website. Apply by November 2, 2018.

(Posted October 22, 2018)

Register for the OVC-Sponsored Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Agriculture announced a joint Statement of Action to promote elder justice in rural and tribal communities. Although more than 20 percent of older adults live in rural America, rural and tribal communities face unique challenges in their efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Elder Justice Initiative Rural and Tribal Elder Justice SummitTo advance this priority, the Department of Justice is hosting a Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit on November 14–15, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.

This OVC-sponsored Summit will bring together a diverse group of experts and elder justice professionals to–

  1. identify the challenges rural and tribal communities face in responding to elder abuse;
  2. identify promising practices, resources, and tools available to rural and tribal communities; and
  3. explore what more can be done to break down silos and foster greater collaboration at the tribal, local, state, and federal levels.

Please register for the Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit and join us to help advance elder justice in rural and tribal communities.

(Posted October 17, 2018)

Announcing the 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Theme

Every year, OVC leads the nation in the observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).

OVC is pleased to announce the 2019 NCVRW theme: Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future. NCVRW, which will be held April 7–13, 2019, brings communities together and educates the public about these rights, protections, and services.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to receive a complimentary copy of the 2019 NCVRW Theme Poster and email notification about the release of the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide.

(Posted October 9, 2018)

Center for Victim Research Launches Website to Help Improve Victim Services

With funding support from OVC, the Center for Victim Research (CVR) has launched a new website.

A tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge, CVR supports the field in two ways. It facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide.

OVC's Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report recognized the need to support research to build a body of evidence-based knowledge. CVR is one initiative that seeks to address this gap.

Visit the CVR website to connect with research and training that you can apply to help inform your organization's victim services.

(Posted August 21, 2018)

Justice Department Announces $3.4 Billion in Grants to Aid Crime Victims

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that a record amount of funding from the Crime Victims Fund will support thousands of local victim assistance programs across the country and help compensate victims in every state.

The awards, administered by OVC, total more than $3.4 billion, surpassing every other single-year grant amount in the program's 34-year history.

Most of the funds — more than $3.3 billion — are being awarded to states under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program and will support local government and community-based victim services. State victim compensation programs are receiving nearly $129 million to reimburse victims and survivors for medical fees, lost income, funeral expenses, and other costs incurred as a result of a crime.

"Americans suffer from millions of violent acts every year, and only a fraction of victims get the help they so desperately need and deserve," said OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson. "This historically large funding will vastly expand the network of services available, allowing state and local officials to determine where resources are needed so that survivors in every corner of our country have a place they can turn to for support."

Learn more about how the Crime Victims Fund supports victims of crime in a short video titled, "What is the Crime Victims Fund?".

(Posted August 10, 2018)

Register for the OVC-sponsored National Indian Nations Conference

Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path ForwardWith support from OVC, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute will host the 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime December 5–7, 2018, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California.

The Indian Nations conference brings together a wide range of providers, stakeholders, and victims to share their knowledge and develop programs to serve the unique needs of victims in Indian Country.

The theme of this year's conference is "Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path Forward."

Learn more about the National Indian Nations Conference and register.

(Posted August 8, 2018)

Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Annapolis, Maryland

OVC staff extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette office in Annapolis, Maryland. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/annapolis-maryland.html.

(Posted June 29, 2018)

Learn About the FY 2018 Crime Victims Fund Tribal Set-Aside

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice created a 3 percent set-aside in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) receipts allocated to OVC. OVC is responsible for administering grant award programs that are supported by the CVF, including the FY 2018 tribal set-aside.

For more information, visit OVC's FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside page.

(Posted June 18, 2018)

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Video Series Now Available Online

Victim Impact: Listen and LearnOnce only available as a DVD, OVC's Victim Impact: Listen and Learn is now available to view on our YouTube channel. You may also download the videos as well.

This video series features the first-person accounts of 14 men and women who share their experiences as crime victims and the ripple effect that victimization can have on family members and the community at large.

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn is intended to help offenders to become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims and to take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends.

It is also an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.

A companion online only training curriculum is also available and includes a two part facilitator manual and a participant workbook.

(Posted June 18, 2018)

Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

We at OVC extend our condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/santa-fe-texas.html.

(Posted May 18, 2018)

Resources are Available to Help Ensure Services to Older Americans

During Older Americans Month, OVC encourages agencies to renew their commitment to serving older Americans.

The U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative provides resources to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation and encourages victims to report abuse.

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, we have created a series of webinars in partnership with the Elder Justice Initiative. Watch the Elder Justice Initiative recorded webinars which provide critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.

Find additional resources on the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of our site.

(Posted May 4, 2018)

OVC Video Discusses How Law Enforcement Enhances Services to Victims of Crime

National Police Week will be observed this year, the week of May 13–19, 2018. As OVC commemorates this annual event recognizing the contributions and sacrifice of law enforcement, OVC announces the release of a new video, OVC Partnerships With Law Enforcement.

Law enforcement personnel are often the first contact that victims of crime have. It is therefore critical that law enforcement—

  • understand the needs of crime victims,
  • have the skills to provide a trauma-informed response, and
  • have resources to help address work-related exposure to trauma.

This 6-minute video discusses OVC-sponsored programs and resources to enhance the delivery of services to victims of crime by law enforcement agencies.

Find more law enforcement resources on our May Featured Resources page during National Police Week.

(Posted May 3, 2018)

Did You Miss the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony?

On April 13, 2018, OVC honored 12 individuals, teams, programs, and organizations for their outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony.

If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late. View a recording of the ceremony on our Facebook page or a transcript of the ceremony.

Learn more about the recipients in the recording of the Awards Ceremony.

(Posted April 24, 2018)

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson speaks at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson speaks at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony


Announcing the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients

Meet this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients. The following individuals, programs, teams, and organizations were recognized during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C.:

  • Joye E. Frost, Former OVC Director, Washington, DC: Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services
  • William Citty, Chief of Police, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma City, OK: Allied Professional Award
  • Dawne Lomangino-DiMauro, LCSW, Director, Statewide Human Trafficking Services, Galloway, NJ: Crime Victims' Rights Award
  • Kevin F. Rivers, Detective, Gila River Police Department, Sacaton, AZ and Sherry C. Rice, Special Agent, FBI-Phoenix Division, Phoenix, AZ: Federal Service Award
  • Shawn Partridge, MSW, Director, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program, Okmulgee, OK: National Crime Victim Service Award
  • Tina L. Fox, State Director of Victim Services, Tennessee Board of Parole, Nashville, TN: National Crime Victim Service Award
  • Debra McCall Reed, Director of Victim Services, Delaware State Police Department, Dover, DE: National Crime Victim Service Award
  • Casey Gwinn, President, Alliance for Hope International, San Diego, CA: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award
  • Michelle L. Kuiper, Survivor Advocate, Louisville, KY: Special Courage Award
  • Shelby Kay Looper, Victim Advocate Director, Muncie Police Department, Muncie, IN: Tomorrow's Leaders Award
  • Victim Services Unit Volunteers, Travis County Sheriff's Office, Austin, TX: Volunteer for Victims Award
  • Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC: Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:

Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive notification about the nomination period for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

(Posted April 5, 2018, Revised April 13, 2018)

Now Available: 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekThe complete 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This year, NCVRW will be commemorated April 8–14.

Recent data show that fewer than half of victims report violent crimes. This year's NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. To reach all victims, we must–

  • build relationships by reaching out, listening, and delivering culturally competent services;
  • engage our community across professional, cultural, economic, and other divides; and
  • remove barriers to reporting, safety, and accessing services.

Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.

The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

(Posted March 5, 2018)

Support for Victims of the School Shootings in Parkland, Florida and Benton, Kentucky

OVC staff extend our deepest sympathy to the victims of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.

The following resources may be able to help victims, families, and the community, as well as the victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are assisting them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/parkland-fl-benton-ky.html

(Posted February 15, 2018)
Past Announcements

June 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThis year, for the first time, the 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides for 3 percent of funds from the Crime Victims Fund to be used to support a broadly applicable tribal set-aside program for Indian tribes to improve services to crime victims.

OVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation. Under the solicitation, OVC will award eligible tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees grants to support a wide-range of services for victims of crime.

In developing the scope of activities allowable with this funding, OVC took into account input from tribal leaders and other stakeholders regarding needs for victim services in tribal communities.

OVC anticipates making up to $110 million available through this solicitation to support tribes to improve victim services.

This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase application process for this unique program.

View FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Frequently Asked Questions and Answers which help potential applicants with questions about eligibility, the application process, allowable expenses, and more.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application Phase 1 webinar on June 28, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Phase 1 applications are due by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on August 6, 2018.

Learn more about the tribal set-aside program and apply for the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.

(Posted June 22, 2018; updated June 29, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

The successful applicant will create an accessible, tailored, and integrated technical assistance approach to address vicarious trauma. This project has two stages as outlined below.

Stage 1: Develop a program strategy and plan to directly support up to 15 project sites across the country to develop customized approaches to addressing vicarious trauma response plans that are uniquely tailored to each project site's victim response efforts/teams.

Stage 2: Establish and carry out a national-scope training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise, and weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in various community sites. Further, the TTA provider will develop and deliver free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust, established, and sustained response to vicarious trauma.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020.

Apply by July 16, 2018.

(Posted June 14, 2018)


Don't Miss Out on OVC Funding Opportunities Closing in July

OVC is seeking applicants for multiple funding opportunities closing in July. Find information about these open solicitations below and click the links to learn more and apply.

FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance
Due: July 16, 2018

FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program
Due: July 16, 2018

FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program
Due: July 18, 2018

View all open OVC funding opportunities on our current funding opportunities page.

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(Posted June 13, 2018; Updated July 16, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking under the following two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Funding under this purpose area will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Addressing Barriers to Identifying and Assisting Labor Trafficking Victims
Funding under this purpose area will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 8, 2018; updated June 22, 2018)

FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation has two categories, each with its own specific goals, activities, and objectives.

Category 1: Statewide or Tribal Jurisdictionwide Response
The first category seeks applications for up to three state or tribal jurisdictions to identify the state or tribe's greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdictionwide strategy to address these challenges.

Category 2: Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program
The applicant funded under Category 2 will provide training and technical assistance and resources to support OVC and all OVC grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (Both those newly funded in FY 2018 under category 1 and the 6 previously funded grantees).

OVC expects to make up to three awards under Category 1 of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. Under Category 2, OVC expects to make one award for up to $600,000. OVC expects to make the awards for a 3-year period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 7, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Through this solicitation, OVC and BJA will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces under the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces
Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 1. FY 2018 Purpose Area 2 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to support continued task force activities and develop a plan for task force sustainability.

Purpose Area 3: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 2. FY 2018 Purpose Area 3 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OVC and BJA in building capacity of other task forces in the field, by providing mentoring and peer support to newly established task forces.

OVC and BJA conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 18, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018; updated June 29, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation solicitation.

OVC seeks applications which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims.

These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims.

Projects proposed under this program must be built on collaborative partnerships that are national in scope to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs and provide enhanced or improved services for these victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards of up to $500,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3,000,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 13, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018; updated June 21, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance solicitation.

This solicitation will fund one organization to provide comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to support state-level demonstration projects funded under OVC's Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth (LSC) Demonstration Initiative.

The LSC approach seeks to ensure every child entering various systems is assessed for victimization; that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs; and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The TTA provider selected through this solicitation will actively engage with the four existing demonstration sites and will offer a wide range of TTA through varied delivery modes to support the demonstration sites through the planning, where applicable, and implementation of the initiative.

OVC anticipates that it will make one award of up to $2 million for a 30-month period.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims' Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims' Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance solicitation.

This initiative is intended to expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims' rights. One managing training and technical assistance (TTA) provider will be selected under this initiative, which, in turn, will competitively select up to six subgrantee clinics.

OVC expects to make one award totaling $6.9 million to the managing TTA provider for a 3-year project period beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC expects to distribute these funds as follows:

  1. (a) approximately $900,000 for the managing TTA provider; and
  2. (b) approximately $6 million for six crime victims' rights clinics ($1 million per site).

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018; updated June 26, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation.

The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community.

OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities.

Apply by July 18, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program solicitation in two purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program
Purpose Area 1 supports direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new, or enhance existing, law enforcement-based victim service programs and partnerships in high-crime areas to improve rights and services for victims.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards under Purpose Area 1 across all jurisdictional categories (small, medium, large, and tribal) with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $21.51 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Purpose Area 2 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Technical Assistance
Funding under Purpose Area 2 will support a technical assistance program to help build the capacity of the Purpose Area 1 sites to better serve all victims of crime.

OVC expects to make one cooperative agreement award under Purpose Area 2 to a successful applicant that can demonstrate experience providing technical assistance to victim-serving organizations. OVC expects to make an estimated total award up to $2.25 million, for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 13, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018; Updated June 20, 2018)

Submit Your Nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

National Crime Victims' Service AwardsThe prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.

Do you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized? If so, submit your nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by August 1, 2018.

The recipients will be honored at the annual National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Mailing List for updates about the 2019 NCVRW observation, April 7–13, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

Participate in Calls about the Crime Victims Fund Tribal Set-Aside

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to discuss the administration of the Fiscal Year 2018 tribal set-aside to enhance services for tribal victim services.

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice created a 3 percent set-aside in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) receipts allocated to OVC. OVC is responsible for administering grant award programs that are supported by the CVF, including the FY 2018 tribal set-aside.

Participate in a series of telephone calls about the set-aside that will be held between June 12, 2018 and June 14, 2018. For more information, visit OVC's FY 2018 Tribal Set Aside page.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

May 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data solicitation.

The individual awarded funding under this fellowship will enhance the efforts of 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.

The successful candidate must demonstrate substantial knowledge of data and research related to victimization and victim services, and have the skills to communicate orally and in writing with a broad audience of stakeholders. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in statistics or survey methodology.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $400,000 under this program. OVC expects to make the award for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC and BJS conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 7, 2018. During the webinar, OVC and BJS staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 20, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program solicitation.

Many victims of crime, and particularly those from limited English proficient (LEP), Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services.

This program will support community-based organizations in addressing the language access and service needs of victims of all types of crime and will promote innovation and collaboration in affected communities. This solicitation has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in linguistically specific communities.

Purpose Area 2
OVC will make one award of up to $600,000 to one technical assistance provider who will support community-based service providers and allied professionals in meeting language access and service needs of crime victims.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 12, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 16, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 21, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis.

This solicitation has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1 (Direct Services)
Applicants will develop and execute plans to support children and youth directly at the community or jurisdictional level. Applicants are expected to work with an OVC-designated national training and technical assistance provider to further enhance these efforts and contribute to the growing body of knowledge about these issues and underscore successful practices.

Purpose Area 2 (TTA)
Applicants will develop and activate plans to support the direct services applicants on a national scale to equip and support the community-based programs as they develop new initiatives or enhance existing efforts.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018,. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 10, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 14, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services solicitation.

In an effort to expand the use of hospitals and other medical facilities as an entry point to increase support for victims of crime, improve their outcomes, and prevent chances for repeat victimization, this solicitation will fund applicants under two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Demonstration Project
Up to eight demonstration sites will be selected to implement or expand hospital-based/affiliated programs to support crime victims using evidence-based models and practices with victim-centered approaches.

Purpose Area 2: TA Project
One entity will be selected to provide comprehensive TA to the demonstration sites and develop TA tools and resources to support the initiative.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 18, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity solicitation.

OVC seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to—

  • implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims' access to services,
  • foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services,
  • improve the quality of services, and
  • improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.

OVC expects to make an unspecified number of awards of up to $750,000 with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 12–36 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 5. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted May 29, 2018; updated June 18, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

This program will provide project funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that propose to develop, use, and strategize the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and provide information, referral, crisis assistance, and longer term help.

Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national or nationally replicable scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2.25 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded up to $15 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021)

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021) solicitation.

The successful applicant will support the 2019 and 2021 VOCA National Training Conferences and the 2020 regional training conferences for State VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and their staff.

The conferences are intended to provide training and technical assistance and facilitate an opportunity for the presentation of state issues and practices through lectures, panels, workshops, and forums.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 total ($200,000 per year), for a 3-year period of performance, beginning October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 26, 2018.

(Posted May 22, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund VOCA Victim Assistance Program state administering agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to provide training within the applicant's state.

Activities funded through this program may include, but are not limited to—

  • the establishment or enhancement of state victim assistance academies,
  • statewide training initiatives,
  • crime victim-related conferences,
  • basic training for new programs, or
  • scholarships to attend conferences and/or training for service providers and others who work with victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 30 awards of up to $1.5 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $12 million. The anticipated period of performance for these grants will be from the award date through September 30, 2021.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 22, 2018 During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 18, 2018.

(Posted May 17, 2018; Updated June 5, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of the priority areas listed below—

  1. housing services,
  2. economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services,
  3. mental health services,
  4. substance abuse services, and
  5. legal services.

OVC expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $14 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

Successful applicants will provide specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to service providers and court personnel in three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Legal Services
The overarching goal of this purpose area is to enhance the quality and quantity of legal services provided to victims of human trafficking by assisting legal and social service providers to protect their client's legal rights, particularly victims' rights, and the civil legal remedies and legal resources available to them.

Purpose Area 2: Trauma-Informed Responses and Services
The overall goal of this purpose area is for a technical assistance provider to assist trafficking victim service providers through a process of becoming trauma-informed.

Purpose Area 3: Increased Identification, Referrals, and Assistance of Human Trafficking in Court Settings
The purpose of this TTA program is to increase accurate identification of human trafficking victims in court settings, enhance victim referrals to appropriate service providers, and to decrease the re-victimization of trafficking victims who interact with the justice system.

OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking solicitation, OVC is seeking applicants to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one of three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services
Purpose Area 1 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads
Purpose Area 2 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 3: Capacity Building
Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations (e.g., victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and/or runaway and homeless youth, etc.) but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model due to limited staff and/or partnerships to fully meet the needs of human trafficking victims.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 24, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 10, 2018, updated June 5, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowEvery April since the first National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) was observed in 1981, OVC has supported local communities throughout the nation in their NCVRW observances. Victim service providers conduct rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of other events during this week to promote awareness of victims' rights and needs.

The successful applicant for the FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects solicitation will provide financial and technical assistance to approximately 90 communities nationwide to conduct public education and awareness activities on crime victims' rights and services in their jurisdictions during the 2019 NCVRW observance.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000, for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 18, 2018.

(Posted May 3, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applicants for the FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide cooperative agreement.

The successful applicant will support the development of a comprehensive Resource Guide for use by the victim services field when planning for local National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) events across the nation in April 2019, and throughout the year. Furthermore, the successful applicant will develop and produce a complementary theme video to use in 2019 and begin preparations for the 2020 NCVRW theme narrative.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $400,000. OVC expects to make the award for an 18-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Learn more and apply for FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide grant.

Apply by May 30, 2018.

(Posted May 1, 2018)

April 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation, OVC seeks to provide resources and coordination to increase AI/AN tribal communities' ability to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate services to crime victims, their families, and the community.

OVC anticipates making up to two awards of up to $1.5 million each for an estimated total of $3 million for a 3-year project period. Successful applicants will assist OVC in supporting the TTA needs of AI/AN communities that receive grant funds from OVC.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program funding opportunity.

Apply by May 31, 2018.

(Posted April 17, 2018)

Watch the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony Online

Each year, OVC recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are selected from public nominations in 11 categories for their vision, action, and leadership in improving the lives of victims in the aftermath of crime. The honorees are recognized at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony, which will be held April 13 at 2:00 p.m. e.t.

Watch the Facebook Live Stream of the Ceremony. To view the ceremony on Facebook, simply "Like" the OVC Facebook page and login to your account prior to the start of the ceremony. We recommend that you check your Facebook settings, to ensure that you receive notifications for Live events.

Learn more about the awardees in the OVC Gallery.

(Posted April 9, 2018)

March 2018

Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success Webinar

Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT)As part of OVC's commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC will host a webinar on April 11, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. e.t., that focuses on evidence-based strategies for your organization to address vicarious trauma.

Due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence, vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering in the fields of victim services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, and other allied professions.

This webinar will provide a starting point for an organizational response to vicarious trauma by highlighting the compelling need for it.

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekReleased in April 2017, OVC's Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) is an evidence-informed resource for organizations that work with people who have experienced trauma. This training will show how organizations can use VTT to become trauma informed and support an organization's plan to address trauma.

Learn more and register for the NCVRW Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success webinar.

(Posted March 22, 2018)

Register for the NCVRW: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign Webinar

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery year in April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).

On March 15, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. e.t., join experts Anne Seymour, NCVRW Community Awareness Projects consultant, and Tara Ballesteros, National Center for Victims of Crime, for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign webinar on how to raise awareness about victims' rights and services during NCVRW and beyond.

Topics to be discussed during the webinar include—

  • a history and overview of NCVRW, and the importance of community outreach;
  • ways to use the resources and artwork from the NCVRW Resource Guide;
  • how to organize a planning committee, establish goals, and create a timetable;
  • how to create impactful messaging on traditional and social media; and
  • an overview of this year's theme "Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims."

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions prior to the conclusion of the event.

Register today for the webinar.

(Posted March 7, 2018)

February 2018

2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.

Join OVC at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.

When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 13, 2018
Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC  20408
Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.

Learn more about the ceremony and register to attend.

(Posted February 28, 2018)

January 2018

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now Available

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now AvailableWe are pleased to present the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide theme artwork, theme poster, awareness posters, and web artwork. This artwork is designed to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year's NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. Use these materials to join the nationwide effort to raise awareness about victims' rights and services.

Available in both English and Spanish, view and download the 2018 NCVRW artwork today.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to be notified when the complete Resource Guide is available.

(Posted January 19, 2018)

Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is a tragic human rights issue and horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our Nation. With increased awareness, improved services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support survivors throughout their recovery. Every January, we commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking. In an effort to help communities prepare for local events throughout January, we highlight the following OVC resources—

Image of PDF for Faces of Human Trafficking Resource GuideFaces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
This award-winning multidisciplinary resource can be used to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

This resource includes nine videos, a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters. The guide can be viewed online or a limited quantity of physical copies may be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (shipping and handling fees will be applied.)

Image of eguide for Human Trafficking Task Force E-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force E-Guide
Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this Guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.

Its purpose is to assist in the development and day-to-day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and effective task force operations.

Human Trafficking Weblet
This online tool contains a wealth of resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

(Posted January 11, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its OVC Funding OpportunityFiscal Year 2018 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.

CTAS applicants have the flexibility to 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 funding to support trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic victim services.
  • Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (CJA): CJA supports the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse and comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and their families in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally competent.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the CTAS solicitation website. This site provides FAQs, templates, and other materials that will help guide you through the application process.

Additionally, view the OVC 2018 CTAS FAQs which help guide you through the application process and create a stronger application.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on March 20, 2018.

(Posted January 3, 2018)

 

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