Few individuals could have predicted how technology would support the present-day
victims' movement. For example, OVC uses its Web site and other electronic
information dissemination vehicles to provide quick and easy access to online
publications, funding resources, services, promising program strategies, and
training resources. Information-sharing among victim service agencies at the
state and local level is critical for providing a seamless network of victim
services. Automated notification systems are an effective and proven method
of informing victims about the status of their cases and the subsequent release
of perpetrators. In addition to these uses of technology, the Crime Victims
Fund supports initiatives that promote the use of technology in delivering
training and technical assistance and in processing compensation claims for
victims of international terrorism. To further the use of technology, OVC funds
various initiatives to promote cooperation among service providers.
See the box at the right for detailed information about OVC's initiatives
in this area.
OVC recognizes the vital importance of keeping the victims' field abreast
of new programs and information. Through the Internet and other innovative
technologies, OVC continues to give victims other avenues by which to access
resources and services. We hope these enterprising technologies will help victims
get the information they need in a timely manner, which in turn will result
in better and more complete victim services.
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