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Frequently Asked Questions

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For additional inquiries, AskOVC.

What is OVC?

What is OVC's mission?

Can a victim apply directly to OVC for funding?

Can a program apply directly to OVC for funding?

Is a VOCA Victim Assistance subrecipient eligible to apply for the Helping Outreach Programs Expand (HOPE) funding opportunity?

Does OVC offer training and technical assistance?

Does OVC provide direct services for victims of crime?

How do I apply for a job with OVC?

Does OVC provide publications, videotapes, and other information resources?

What is OVC?
Created in 1983, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is a federal office within the U.S. Department of Justice that provides federal funds to support victim assistance and compensation programs around the country and advocates for the fair treatment of crime victims through policy development.

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What is OVC's mission?
The mission of OVC is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC accomplishes its mission in many different ways:

Can a victim apply directly to OVC for funding?
No. However, OVC funds do support—

  • State victim compensation programs, which help reimburse victims for costs incurred as a direct result of the crime, including medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost wages.
  • State victim assistance programs, which provide funds for community agencies that assist crime victims through services such as crisis intervention, criminal justice advocacy, counseling, and emergency shelter.

In addition, OVC administers two Indian Country discretionary grant programs:

  • The Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (CJA) Grant Program
  • The Tribal Victim Assistance (TVA) Discretionary Grant Program (an expansion of the former Victim Assistance in Indian Country (VAIC) Grant Program).

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Can a program apply directly to OVC for funding?
Yes. A certain percentage of discretionary monies in the fund are used to support national scope training and technical assistance projects to improve services to victims of crime.

Is a VOCA Victim Assistance subrecipient eligible to apply for the Helping Outreach Programs Expand (HOPE) funding opportunity?
No. Only nonprofit, grassroots community and faith-based victim service organizations and coalitions that do not receive federal VOCA victim assistance grant funds and operate with $50,000 or less in annual funding are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations and coalitions must be operating for at least 1 year.

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Where/how can I find out about funding available from OVC?
OVC announces its discretionary grants through its Web site under Grants & Funding and through the Federal Register. Discretionary grants are made available each spring, but please note that the closing dates vary each year.

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Does OVC offer training and technical assistance?
Yes. The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, or TTAC, supports the delivery of training and technical assistance to eligible organizations that want to enhance the assistance they offer victims.

OVC's TTAC has been an invaluable asset for organizations throughout the country that are often faced with slim financial resources when looking for training and technical assistance. Technical assistance also is offered by OVC staff during site visits, conferences, working meetings, and other training events. A searchable list of OVC TTAC consultants is available through OVC TTAC at www.ovcttac.org.

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Does OVC provide direct services for victims of crime?
Yes. OVC provides direct services to people victimized on Tribal or federal lands, such as military bases and national parks, and American citizens victimized in foreign countries. OVC also assists victims of crime by providing—

  • Emergency funds for federal criminal justice agencies to provide victims of federal crimes (e.g., kidnaping and bank robbery) with needed services (e.g., crisis counseling and temporary shelter) when these services are otherwise unavailable.
  • Grants for victim assistance programs in Indian Country.
  • Information, benefits, and services for U.S. nationals who are victims of terrorism abroad. Victims are given assistance in accessing services, traveling to participate in trials and briefings, and obtaining information on the criminal justice process.

If you are interested in locating support following a victimization, you may want to contact a victim assistance or victim compensation program in your state. You may also want to contact one or more national victim serving organizations for a referral.

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How do I apply for a job with OVC?
You can apply online for OVC employment or by submitting your application to the appropriate contact listed in the job announcement. For job openings within other justice-related agencies, please visit the Web sites for the Office of Justice Programs and the Office of Personnel Management.

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Does OVC provide publications, videotapes, and other information resources?
Yes. Visit the Publications section of OVC's Web site for a current list of publications, fact sheets, and videotapes. Visit OVC's Directory of Crime Victim Services to find resources. For more information on available resources, AskOVC (AskOVC@ojp.usdoj.gov).


This document was last updated on December 16, 2003