Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provides leadership and funding for victims of crimes. OVC distributes federal funds to victim assistance and compensation programs in every U.S. state and territory. OVC offers training programs for professionals and their agencies that specialize in helping victims. OVC circulates publications and hosts various programs to help develop awareness about victims’ rights and services to the public.

OVC Website

OVC’s main undertaking is to improve the Nation’s ability to help victims of crime and to be a leader in transforming attitudes, policies, and practices that encourage justice and healing for victims. There are five divisions of the OVC which administer particular areas. They are:

Federal Assistance Division

Program Development and Dissemination Division

State Compensation and Assistance Division

Training and Information Dissemination Division

Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division.


Joye E. Frost - Director

About Joye,

Ms. Frost serves as the Director for OVC. During her previous tenure as OVC's Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director, she launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative to expand the reach and impact of the victim assistance field. She forged closer ties with State Victims of Crime Act administrators and championed the integration of innovation with research in OVC’s efforts to build capacity in the field. She fostered a groundbreaking partnership between OVC and the Department of Defense to strengthen support to military victims of sexual assault, and greatly expanded OVC’s work to assist victims in Indian Country. She was instrumental in the development of OVC's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team Training and Technical Assistance initiatives and spearheaded a number of OVC projects to identify and serve victims of crime with disabilities. She also implemented and oversees a discretionary grant program to fund comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Frost began her career as a Child Protective Services caseworker in South Texas and worked in the victim assistance, healthcare, and disability advocacy fields for more than 35 years in the United States and Europe. During this time she spent several years working at both the community and headquarters level for the Department of Army.

Ms. Frost earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Health Services Management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.