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2021 Report to the Nation

Fiscal Years 2019 - 2020

OVC Discretionary Funding

OVC provides discretionary grants for national-scope demonstration projects and training and technical assistance (TTA) to enhance the professional expertise of victim service providers. These grants are competitively awarded to states, local government agencies, tribal governments, educational institutions, private nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Programs identify and implement promising practices, models, and initiatives; address gaps and needs in TTA; and fund demonstration programs that may provide direct services. Up to 50 percent of OVC discretionary funding may be used to support and enhance services to victims of federal crimes.

OVC Maintains Interagency Agreements With Federal Agencies

OVC provided funding to 26 federal agencies under its discretionary funding budget to cover a wide variety of federal victim services programs in FYs 2019 and 2020. Funding totaled over $2.5 million for 16 federal programs in FY 2019, and over $4.5 million for 21 federal programs in FY 2020. These programs include but are not limited to:

  • Federal Crime Victim Assistance – Federal Crime Victim Assistance provides needed services to victims of federal crime and their families when local resources are unavailable or unable to meet emergency victim service needs resulting from a federal crime.
  • Victim Specialist Positions – These federal positions across the country are designed to serve victim needs, educate law enforcement agents on best practices for providing rights and services to crime victims, and ensuring that all crime victims are receiving the necessary services and referrals that they need and are entitled to under the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA), and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance.
  • Training and Technical Assistance – Travel, speakers and costs for conducting and attending training events for victim assistance personnel, victim service providers, and headquarters personnel seeking knowledge and skills in the fair and sensitive treatment of victims of federal crime.