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About OVC

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Welcome to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), one of six Program Offices within the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Led by Director Kristina Rose, 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.

Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, OVC is charged by Congress with administering the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund). Through OVC, the Fund supports a broad array of programs and services that focus on helping victims in the immediate aftermath of crime and continuing to support them as they rebuild their lives. Millions of dollars are invested annually in victim compensation and assistance in every U.S. state and territory, as well as for training, technical assistance, and other capacity-building programs designed to enhance service providers’ ability to support victims of crime in communities across the Nation.

More details about OVC’s mission and services are available in the 2021 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2019-2020 Reaching Victims Everywhere.

OVC Organization Chart

What is the Office for Victims of Crime? Video

Date Modified: April 20, 2023
Date Created: April 18, 2020