|Few individuals could have predicted how technology would support the present-day victims' movement. For example, OVC uses its Web site and e-mailing lists to inform and to provide easy access to online publications, funding resources, services, promising program strategies, and training resources. To further the use of technology, OVC funds various initiatives that promote cooperation among service providers. Information sharing among victim service agencies at the state and local levels creates a critical, seamless network of victim services. Automated notification systems are an effective 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 expense reimbursement claims for victims of international terrorism.
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OVC recognizes the vital importance of keeping the victim services field abreast of new programs and information. Through the Internet and other innovative technologies, OVC gives victims proven avenues for accessing resources and services. These enterprising technologies are designed to help victims get the information they need in a timely manner.