Accessing Information:

OVC Resource Center And Other Services


The development of new information technologies -- most notably the growth of the Internet -- has dramatically changed the way in which information on crime victims' issues is being made available to researchers, advocates, and practitioners. As recently as a dozen years ago, the availability of this information was greatly limited by the lack of centralized collection and distribution. Moreover, the form of the information was generally limited to paper documents that required considerable effort to locate and obtain. Today, however, victims and victim service providers can instantly access an enormous store of information specific to the entire range of their personal and professional concerns -- information that includes statistics; model programs and protocols; grant funding sources; and local, state and national referrals to professional organizations in the victim-serving community. Importantly, this information is available wherever and whenever it is needed -- in homes, shelters and offices; in the middle of a trial; or in the middle of the night. For victims and victim service providers, this new information access begins with the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Established in accordance with recommendations of the 1982 President's Task Force on Victims of Crime, the United States Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) serves as the chief advocate for our nation's crime victims, promoting fundamental rights and comprehensive services for victims of crime throughout the United States. OVC's information clearinghouse, the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center (OVCRC), a component of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), is on the forefront of these new information technologies, and is aggressively using them, as well as the NCJRS Catalog of publications and videotapes, to deliver timely and relevant information to the victim-serving community. Since coming "online" in 1994, NCJRS and OVCRC have developed a variety of online services to benefit the victim assistance professional -- World Wide Web page; Justice Information (JUSTINFO) Electronic Newsletter; and E-Mail Information and Help Line. Together with other electronic access features -- including telephone and online document ordering, and fax-on-demand -- NCJRS and OVCRC have truly made a "quantum leap" forward in fulfilling their mission of "bringing the right information to the right people . . . right now."


NCJRS Online can be accessed in the following ways:

NCJRS World Wide Web Homepage

The homepage provides NCJRS information, as well as links to other criminal justice resources from around the world. The NCJRS Web page provides information about NCJRS and OJP agencies; grant-funding opportunities; full-text publications; key-word searching of NCJRS publications; access to the NCJRS Abstracts Database; the current NCJRS Catalog; and a topical index. The address for the NCJRS Homepage is <>.

Justice Information (JUSTINFO) Electronic Newsletter

This free, online newsletter is distributed to your Internet e-mail address on the 1st and 15th of each month. JUSTINFO contains information concerning a wide variety of subjects, including news from all Office of Justice Programs (OJP) agencies and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; criminal justice resources on the Internet; criminal justice funding and program information; and announcements about new NCJRS products and services. To subscribe, send an e-mail to <> with the message subscribe justinfo your name.

E-Mail: Information and Help

Users requiring technical assistance or having specific questions on criminal and juvenile justice topics can send an e-mail to <>. To place an order for publications, users may send an e-mail to <>.

Partnerships Against Violence Network (PAVNET)

PAVNET Online is a searchable database containing information about hundreds of promising programs and resources, providing users with key contacts; program types; target populations; location; project startup date; evaluation information; annual budget; sources of funding; and program description. Users may go directly to the site at <>.



NCJRS has established a "fax-on-demand" service which allows the user to obtain copies of selected NCJRS documents directly through their own fax machine, using a toll-free telephone number. To access the fax-on-demand menu, simply call 1-800-851-3420, and follow the prompts.

CD-ROM and Online Access to the Abstracts Database

Users with CD-ROM capability can also obtain the NCJRS Abstracts Database on CD-ROM. This disc features citations and abstracts of more than 140,000 criminal justice books, research reports, journal articles, government documents, program descriptions, program evaluations, and training manuals contained in the NCJRS Research and Information Center library collection. The disc also contains search software that supports retrieval using any combination of words to search individual fields or all fields globally. The disc can be searched using "free text" methods, or in combination with the National Criminal Justice Thesaurus. In addition, the NCJRS Abstracts Database is available on the NCJRS Homepage at <>. Details are available by calling NCJRS at (800) 851-3420.


Crime victims and victim service providers have witnessed a remarkable growth in the amount of information available to them, through the continued development of the Internet -- especially the World Wide Web. Now, victim-serving agencies and advocacy organizations have the ability to reach around the corner or around the world with information about new issues, services, and promising practices designed to improve the welfare of victims of all types of crime. In an effort to present the most comprehensive and timely information available through this vast medium, the Office for Victims of Crime has substantially revised its World Wide Web homepage. OVC encourages crime victims and victim service providers alike to visit this comprehensive resource, located at <>.

Many other agencies and organizations are now providing victim-related information through the World Wide Web. The following is a list of sites on the Web that contain information on selected crime victimization topics. Please note that this list is intended only to provide a sample of available resources, and does not constitute an endorsement of opinions, resources, or statements made therein.

Federal Agencies/Resources

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Community-Oriented Police Office (COPS)
Dept. of Health and Human Services Grantsnet
Department of Justice
Department of the Solicitor General
FBI Uniform Crime Reports - Statistical Data
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Judicial Center
Government Information Online, GovBot
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
National Domestic Violence Hotline
NCJRS Justice Information Center
National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Nonprofit Gateway
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) ttp://
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
Office of National Drug Control Policy Information Clearinghouse
Partnership Against Violence Network (PAVNET)
THOMAS: Federal Legislation
U.S. Department of Education - Campus Security and Safety
U.S. Parole Commission
Violence Against Women's Office (VAWO)
Violence Against Women Grant Office (VAWGO)

National Victim-related Organizations

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Child Abuse Prevention Network
Childhelp USA
Childquest International
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
National Center for Victims of Crime (formerly National Victim Center)
National Center on Elder Abuse
National Children's Alliance
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA)
National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association
National Fraud Information Center
National Insurance Crime Bureau
National Children's Alliance
National Victims Constitutional Amendment Network (NVCAN)
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
National Victim Assistance Academy (OVC)
National Victim Assistance Academy (VALOR)
Neighbors Who Care
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
Safe Campuses Now
Security on Campus
Victims' Assistance Legal Organization (VALOR)

National Criminal Justice- and Public Policy-related Associations

American Correctional Association (ACA)
American Correctional Health Services Association
American Jail Association (AJA)
American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
Association of State Correctional
Center for Sex Offender Management
Correctional Education Association Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
Council of State Governments (CSG)
Higher Education Center Against Violence and Abuse
National Association of Counties (NACo)
National Center for State Courts (NSSC)
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
National Governors Association
National Judicial College
National Indian Justice Center
National Sheriffs Association
Office of Correctional Education
Southern Poverty Law Center

State-level Victim Assistance Agencies

Arizona Department of Public Safety
California Criminal Justice Planning
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice
Delaware Criminal Justice Council
Florida Attorney General's Office - Crime Victims Services
llinois Criminal Justice Information Agency
Iowa Department of Justice
Kansas Attorney Generals Office
Kentucky Attorney General's Victims' Advocacy Offfice
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office
Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Crime Victim Services
[Program forms]
Missouri Department of Public Safety
New Hampshire Attorney Generals Office
New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission
New York Attorney Generals Office
Ohio Attorney General's Office Crime Victim Services
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
South Carolina Ombudsman
Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services
[Resource Directory]

State Crime Victim Compensation Programs

Natl Assoc. of Crime Victim Compensation Program Directory
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Arkansas Attorney General's Office Outreach Division
California Board of Control
Colorado Div. of Pubic Safety Office of Victims Programs
Florida Attorney General's Office - Crime Victims Services
Illinois Attorney General's Office
Idaho Industrial Commission
Iowa Dept. of Justice Crime Victim Assistance Division
Kansas Attorney General's Office
Kentucky Cabinet for Public Protection and Regulation
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations
Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Program
Missouri Department of Labor and Industry Relations
New Hampshire Victim's Assistance Commission
New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Board
[Application; PDF format]
New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations
Commission [Application; PDF format]
New York Crime Victims Board
North Carolina Victim and Justice Services
Ohio Attorney General's Office Crime Victim Services
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Rhode Island Treasury
South Carolina Office of Victim Assistance
Tennessee Claims Administration Division
Utah Office of Crime Victims Reparations
Texas Office of Attorney General
Wisconsin Crime Victim Rights (Unofficial)
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Federal and State Corrections, Victim Service Units, Sex Offender Registries, Etc.

Alaska Sex Offender Registry
California Youth Authority, Prevention and Victim Services
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
[links to Sex Predator Locator and Missing Children] Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Information
Florida Dept. of Corrections Victim Assistance Page
Illinois Department of Corrections Victim Services Unit
Indiana Sex Offender Registry
Maine Department of Corrections Victim Services
Maryland Department of Corrections Victim Notification Program
North Carolina Department of Corrections Victim Advocacy Services
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Washington State Department of Corrections Division of Community Corrections (victim/witness notification program)
Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry

State Coalitions and Related Resources

Idaho: MADD
Iowa: Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA)
Michigan: Victim's Rights (State Sen. Wm. Van Regenmorter)
New York: Victim Services Agency
North Carolina: Citizens Against Violent Crime (CAVE)
South Carolina: South Carolina Victim Assistance
Texas: Texans for Equal Justice
Texas: Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Washington State: Wash. Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates

Other Victim Resources

Action Without Borders - Nonprofit Directory
APA - American Psychological Association
Trauma-related Stress
Cecil Greek's Criminal Justice Page
Communities Against Violence Network
Dignity for Victims Everywhere (DOVE)
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Jewish Domestic Abuse
Jewish Women International Domestic Violence Page
Justice for All
Microsoft Justice Homepage
MSU Victims and Media Project
National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Rape Recovery Help and Information
Rule of Law Foundation
Search Yahoo for Victims' Rights
Security on Campus, Inc.
Sexual Assault Information Page
The Stalking Victim's Sanctuary
The Victim Assistance Page
Subscribe to the Victim Assistance Mailing
The VINE Company
Violence Policy Center

Legal Research/Resources

State Law and Legislative Information
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

News Resources

Am. Journalism Review Newslink
News Works
News Index
Newspapers Online

Special thanks is extended to Steve Derene, Program Manger for the Office of Crime Victim Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and Promising Strategies and Practices in Using Technology to Benefit Crime Victims, sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime with support from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, for providing much of the web site information included in this section.

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