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The Mentor Program for VOCA Administrators Announcement and Call for Participation


In 1995, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) established the Mentor Program to assist Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) State administrators with grant management issues affecting the delivery of services to crime victims. Through the Mentor Program, OVC is helping to develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities of all VOCA administrators and their staffs. Participation is open to administrators and staff of both crime victim compensation and assistance programs.


The purpose of the Mentor Program is to facilitate peer consultation whereby an administrator from one State can offer technical assistance and skills training to an administrator in another State. The range of assistance available is as diverse as the work experience of VOCA administrators. Administrators have sought assistance in the following areas:

Mentoring Examples

The following examples illustrate how the VOCA Victim Compensation and Assistance Mentor Program has proven to be a valuable and effective resource.

The Mentor Program can help all VOCA administrators, but especially new State directors, to serve victims of crime more effectively and efficiently.


The mentors selected by OVC are State administrators who have achieved a proven level of expertise in specialized areas. Assistance is customized to meet the special needs of individual compensation and assistance programs. State administrators who want to participate as mentors should contact OVC as soon as possible so that they can be included in the mentor pool according to their specialty.

There is no registration deadline, and mentor assistance is available to VOCA administrators throughout the year as needed.


OVC staff, in consultation with its Training and Technical Assistance Center, manage the logistical arrangements and financial administration of the Mentor Program, including matching the mentors with administrators who request assistance.

The Mentor Program Technical Assistance and
Peer Consultation Topics
Compensation Certification.Restitution Recovery.
Mental Health Claims.Collateral Resources.
Contributory Conduct.Sexual Assault Exams.
Board Decisionmaking.Gang Violence.
Compensation Legal Issues.Evaluating Victim Services.
Minority Outreach Efforts.Using Administrative Funds.
Fiscal Planning.Conference Planning.
Monitoring Subgrantees.Using Training Funds.
Subgrant Award Reports.Performance Reporting.
Subgrantee Application Review.New Administrator Orientation.
Appropriate Accounting/Audits.U.S. Attorney Coordination.
Developing Procedures Manuals.Streamlining the Application Process.
Financial and Programmatic Reporting.
Compensation and Assistance Coordination.
VOCA History, Background, Intent, and much more . .

There is no cost to the trainers, those receiving assistance, or their agencies. OVC compensates trainers, reimburses travel expenses associated with on-site assistance or staff consultations, and covers the cost of any materials needed for the technical assistance visit.

For Further Information

Contact the OVC Resource Center for a list of recent awards, announcements of grants, and information about the application process or send an e-mail to

More information about the Office for Victims of Crime is available through the following sources:

OVC............................................ 202-307-5983
OVC Web Site....................
OVC Resource Center............................ 800-627-6872
OVC Resource Center Web Site............

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