Office for Victims of Crime
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’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.