2011 OVC Report to the Nation

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Apr 2nd, 12
Rising to the Challenge: a New Era of Victims Services

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has just released the 2011 Report to the Nation—Rising to the Challenge: A New Era in Victim Services.

This online report summarizes progress in upholding victims’ rights and supporting programs and services in FY 2009–10 to assist victims, survivors, and communities in the aftermath of crime.

The report highlights—

  • The unique history of the Crime Victims Fund, which was established in 1984 by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to collect criminal fines, bond forfeitures, and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, making it a self-sufficient source of support, independent of tax dollars.
  • How, as the Fund’s administrator, OVC channeled some $1.2 billion in 2009–10 to support compensation and assistance for more than 7 million victims across the country.
  • OVC’s support of innovative programs, projects, and strategies to better serve victims of enduring crimes such as domestic violence, which accounted for 50 percent of assistance during the reporting period.
  • New research on children exposed to violence and the key role OVC is playing in a Justice Department-wide initiative to protect and support young victims and witnesses.
  • Inspiring stories of victims from ages 11 to 96 whose courage and strength aided their recovery from violent crime.
  • OVC’s outreach to victims of emerging crimes, such as trafficking and identity theft, and renewed efforts to reach underserved populations, including American Indians and LGBTQ victims of crime.
  • Expanded training, technical assistance, and public outreach to build the capacity ofservice providers, advocates, and allied professionals who assist victims of crime.

View the report onlineto learn more about OVC’s research-informed, evidence-based practices; dynamic multidisciplinary partnerships; and effective strategies for addressing the challenges of the 21st century, by clicking here.

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This project was supported by Grant Number VAWA ARRA-2009-KASAP-00034 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

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