OVC Victim and Family Assistance Call Center for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Incidents
In the aftermath of a terrorism or mass violence incident, OVC needs to collect and disseminate victim information and provide services for a wide range of victims. In spring 2001, OVC established the capacity to provide immediate emergency crisis management services after a critical event. By 4 p.m. on September 11, 2001, OVC had activated a toll-free call center that offered 24-hour support to collect information from family members about victims and to provide referrals for financial, housing, and counseling assistance. About 37,000 victims and family members received assistance and referrals through the OVC call center following the September 11 attacks.
The call center toll free number is 1-800-331-0075. The center operates during standard business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time) with after-hours voice mail (calls are returned promptly the next business day). In the event of a terrorist attack or incident of mass violence, the call center will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.