The US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has several online services available. You can also visit them via the link at the top of our Enewsletter masthead.
The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, user-friendly database designed to provide victims and service providers with a means to locate or promote crime victim assistance programs in the United States and other countries. The Directory currently hosts more than 6,000 service providers who address a wide range of victim service needs. It is easily accessible to individuals in need of local services, and programs can be identified by location, type of victimization, service needed, or agency type.
The database relies on user submissions and content from other crime victim services databases and directories and is open to all crime victim service providers who want to list their victim-focused programs and services in the directory. Users may enter information by using the Web-based interface or by contacting the database administrator. The information is reviewed for content and language appropriateness. VOCA subgrantees are automatically added to the database
The OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers message board (Web Forum) is a tool for crime victim service providers and allied professionals to share ideas, suggestions, and recommendations concerning promising practices, best practices, and victim issues. The "go-to" place for providers and allied professionals to connect, the site features tools that include the message board, expert-led guest host sessions and archives, OVC News and Announcements section, search engine, hot topics identification, and Post of the Month section.
The OVC National Calendar of Events is designed to help crime victim service providers “Put Victims First.” By connecting service providers with a national database of crime victim-related conferences, trainings, ceremonies, and other events, OVC will help keep providers in touch with the latest resources to help them better serve victims of crime. The Calendar will allow users to view a national collection of events, locate and receive notifications of local events, or submit their own events to the Calendar.