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Victim Service Initiatives

Despite the increase in rights and services for victims over the past two decades, many victims still struggle to discover what rights they have, what services and resources are available, and how to access them. OVC recognizes its responsibility to be a leader in improving the treatment of victims, highlighting victims' rights, and improving the scope and delivery of victim services. Through the programs described here, OVC continues to enhance victim services in ways that help communities expand and reinforce their ability to serve victims—be it through helping victims pay for emergency needs, enhancing services in underserved areas, or offering specialized information to service providers.

See the box at the right for detailed information about OVC's initiatives in this area.

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OVC is committed to providing victim service organizations with the necessary training, technical assistance, and material resources to build their capacity. The programs outlined go above and beyond the typical services available to crime victims under VOCA formula grant programs. As such, many of the projects and initiatives are directed toward victims of crime whose cases fall under federal criminal jurisdiction. However, each program seeks to broaden the support for all victims in the United States and abroad.

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Topic-Specific OVC Initiatives

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Services for Trafficking Victims

Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement

Victim Reunification Travel Program: Addressing International Parental Child Abduction Cases

Federal Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund

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