Joye E. Frost, Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) from 2013-2016, passed away on March 12, 2018, following a courageous fight against cancer. She was 66 years old.
Joye was a fearless champion of victim rights and services, and spent most of her professional life advocating on their behalf. Her tireless efforts transformed the victim services field.
Joye was appointed as OVC Director by the President on June 14, 2013. During Joye’s previous tenure as OVC’s Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director, she launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative to expand the reach and impact of the victim assistance field. She fostered a groundbreaking partnership between OVC and the Department of Defense to strengthen support to military victims of sexual assault, and greatly expanded OVC’s work to assist victims in Indian Country. She was instrumental in the development of OVC’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team Training and Technical Assistance initiatives and spearheaded a number of OVC projects to identify and serve victims of crime with disabilities.
Under Joye’s leadership, OVC championed the integration of innovation with research to build capacity in the field, initiated efforts to reach more victims—including those who have never been served and those for whom services are not easily available—expanded efforts to combat human trafficking, and strengthened partnerships with State VOCA administrators.
Joye began her career as a Child Protective Services caseworker in South Texas and worked in the victim assistance, healthcare, and disability advocacy fields for more than 35 years in the United States and Europe. During this time she spent several years working at both the community and headquarters level for the Department of Army. Joye joined OVC as a grants manager in 1997.
Joye earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Health Services Management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received numerous awards for her leadership and efforts to serve victims.
For her work that led to the enhancement of the victim services field, Ms. Frost received the prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services in 2018. Visit the OVC Gallery for more information about this award and to watch a short tribute video.