OVC's Web Site
OVC's Web site is its most vital link with its constituents. The site is accessed by victims, victim advocates, state VOCA1 administrators and subrecipients, discretionary grantees, educators, policymakers, and the general public. It is the main portal to the vast resources that are available through OVC, including—
- The OVC Web Forum, providing an interactive message board for the field.
- “Featured Resources,” highlighting a new topic each month.
- “Grants and Funding,” including the “Discretionary Toolbox,” a one-stop resource for information on solicitations, compliance and monitoring requirements, and financial information for grantees.
- “Help for Victims,” offering Internet links to topical resources for victims, including OVC's Directory of Crime Victim Services.
- “Publications,” providing links to OVC publications that can be viewed online or downloaded. Users may also view digital clips for select video products and public service announcements.
- “Resources for International Victims,” offering information on global and international issues for victims, including a series of publications in French, Spanish, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.
- “Victim Assistance by Faith-Based Organizations,” detailing the history of OVC-funded programs, and offering information about government and nongovernmental resources, promising practices, training programs, and publications.
In the event of a terrorist attack or incident of mass violence, OVC will post critical information for victims on its Web site.
In 2005, OVC launched a companion Web site, crimevictims.gov, as part of an integrated campaign to increase awareness about victims' rights, educate the public about the impact of crime, and promote crime victim resources. The site was tied to the release of seven public service announcements (PSAs) that began to air nationally during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 1016, 2005). The PSAs target three audiencescrime victims, volunteers, and victim service providersand are available in Spanish. Crimevictims.gov targets these same audiences, with links to Web sites, publications, databases, and hotlines. The site mirrors the look and feel of the PSAs, giving a face to crime victims, volunteers, and service providers through photos and brief testimonials.
In addition to serving as the portal to its many resources and Web products, OVC's Web site also provides partner agencies with exposure for their services and resources. For more details, visit the OVC Web site.
1. Victims of Crime Act (1984). VOCA crime victim assistance grants are administered by OVC; see Formula Grant Applications.