U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Victims of Crime

During 2013, the overall violent crime rate declined from 26.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2012 to 23.2 per 1,000 in 2013. The overall property crime rate decreased from 155.8 victimizations per 1,000 households in 2012 to 131.4 victimizations per 1,000 in 2013. (Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 2013, September 2014).

OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative offers a comprehensive assessment of the crime victim assistance field and the Initiative’s Final Report discusses:

  • Major challenges to the integration of research into victim services.
  • The tremendous need for crime victims to have access to legal assistance to address the wide range of legal issues that can arise following victimization.
  • The impact of advances in technology, globalization, and changing demographics on the victim assistance field.
  • The capacity for serving victims in the 21st century and some of the infrastructure issues that must be overcome to reach that capacity.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the following sites to learn about victim-related funding opportunities from OJP bureaus and other Federal sources:

See the OJP Open Solicitations page to learn more about opportunities and to access archived solicitations.

Publications and Resources

Access related publications and resources from OJP and its bureaus by visiting:

For additional resources, visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) site:

Programs/Initiatives

Also see the Victims and Victimizations page on OJP’s CrimeSolutions.gov for ratings of related programs.

Training and Technical Assistance

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