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NCJ Number: 184920 Find in a Library
Title: What Is the Office for Victims of Crime?
Series: OVC Fact Sheets
Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 1999
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Publication Number: FS000181
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), created in 1983, provides Federal funds to support victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the United States.
Abstract: The mission of the OVC is to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices related to crime victims. The OVC accomplishes its mission in many different ways, such as administering the Crime Victims Fund, supporting direct services, providing training programs for diverse professionals, sponsoring demonstration projects with national impact, and publishing and disseminating publications that highlight promising practices in the effective treatment of crime victims. The Crime Victims Fund is derived from fines and penalties paid by Federal criminal offenders, and nearly 90 percent of the money collected each year is distributed to States to fund their victim assistance and compensation programs. The OVC sponsors training on a variety of victim issues for victim service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, the judiciary, the clergy, and medical and mental health personnel. The OVC has established the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center, an information clearinghouse that provides research findings, statistics, and literature on emerging victim issues. In addition, the OVC has established the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center to serve as a centralized access point for information about the OVC's training and technical assistance resources.
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Federal programs; Financial assistance to victims; Funding sources; Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); Victim compensation
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