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Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims – one of the oldest victim assistance programs in the U.S. and the only statewide community-based organization, delivering support to victims of violent crime, adult missing pesons and their loved ones. They provide highly trained and empathetic volunteer Victim Advocates to people whose lives have been devastated by violent crime, regardless of case status, at no cost to the victims served, Everett, WA.


Justice Solutions – a national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing rights, resources and respect for victims and communities hurt by crime; enhancing governmental and societal responses to crime and its consequences on individuals and communities; and strengthening crime prevention initiatives in America, Washington, DC.

Oral History of the Crime Victim Assistance Field Video and Audio Archive – seeks to capture the evolution of one of the nation's most signifianct social rights movements – the Victim's Rights Movement.

National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys – a membership alliance of attorneys and advocates committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims' rights nationwide. NAVRA is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), a non profit research and educational organization that actively promotes balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing, Portland, OR.


National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards – promotes an exchange of information and ideas through a nationwide network of victim compensation programs and advances better methods for serving crime victims through various training and technical assistance activities, helping its members establish sound administrative practices, achieve fiscal stability, and engage in effective outreach, communication and advocacy, Washington, DC.

State crime victim compensation programs


National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators – advancing education, research, and public service to assure accessible quality services for crime victims nationwide, to strengthen exchange of information and communication among its members and to provide its members with training and technical assistance to effectively respond to the issues and challenges of supporting those services, Madison, WI.


The National Center for Victims of Crime – is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims' rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to ~ and working on behalf of ~ crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization's work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime, Washington, DC.

The National Crime Victim Bar Association – provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil suits, referring crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and increasing general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime, Washington, DC.

The Civil Justice Database – provides direct online access to an electronic library of over 11,000 summaries of victim litigation cases. In recent years, greater numbers of crime victims have turned to civil tort claims to be compensated for the injuries they have suffered. As a result, there is a growing body of case law governing a victim's right to make a civil recovery against the perpetrator, and against third parties whose negligence made the crime possible. The Civil Justice Database helps attorneys, researchers, and others quickly identify on-point cases.


National Crime Victim Law Institute – is committed to the enforcement and protection of victims' rights in the criminal justice system. It is the only organization of its kind in the United States. As a non-profit research and educational organization, NCVLI can assist attorneys who provide direct legal services, file amicus briefs to advocate for victims, and conduct research and provide information on issues concerning victims' legal rights, Portland, OR.

Annual Reports (from 2008-2009 to current)


National Crime Victims Research & Treatment CenterMedical University of South Carolina's National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) is dedicated to improving the quality of mental health services provided both locally and nationally to victims of crime, abuse, and trauma, Charleston, SC.


National Organization for Victim Assistance – the mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis. Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States as the recognized leaders in this noble cause. The values of NOVA: compassion: we care about and respond to the plight of people and one another; accountability: excellence in our work and justice in our cause means we honor our commitments; collaboration: teamwork at every level is crucial to the work we do; and passion: we are driven by the hope that what we do makes a difference, Alexandria, VA.

Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program


Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC.

Directory of International Crime Victim Compensation Programs – offers information on crime victim compensation programs, how they work, what victims can do to seek help and provides detailed descriptions of each state’s requirements, benefits, and procedures.

Gallery – includes multimedia products promoting crime victims' rights and services. Browse through selected posters, promotional materials, and images from National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRM) – the annual observance promoting victims' rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

HELP for Victim Service Providers Forum – a message board to Help Exchange Lessons and Practices in victim services. This forum is a place where victim service providers and allied professionals can connect to peers, share ideas about best practices, and help change lives, Washington, DC.

Office of Victims’ Rights Ombudsman – a crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the Department of Justice who violated or failed to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. § 3771. The Department of Justice has established the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees, and has implemented Procedures to Promote Compliance with Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. § 45.10, Washington, DC.

Training and Technical Assistance Center – assists victim service providers, advocates, and allied professionals in learning new skills and adopting best practices to enhance their continued success in providing quality victim services, Fairfax, VA. Fact sheet.

U.S. Resource Map of Crime Victim Services & Information – allows access to state-specific: organizations that provide services to crime victims; contact information for crime victims' assistance and compensation programs; conference and events; victims' right statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and case summaries of related court decisions; Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) resources; and contact information to report crime victims' rights violations.

VictimLaw – a user-friendly database of victims' rights laws.

Vision 21 – Transforming Victims Services – the overarching goal of the Vision 21 initiative, formerly known as Hope III, is to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim services field. The that end, five organizations will collectively undertake a comprehensive analysis of the current state of the crime victims field in the United States. Four of the organizations will conduct a thorough literature review on one of the noted issue areas. Each organization will then convene a 2-day forum of 30-40 stakeholders including crime victims and representatives from federal, national, state, local, and tribal organizations and agencies.


Parents for Megan's Law and The Crime Victims Center a not-for-profit 501(c)3 community and victim's rights organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, victim services, policy and legislative support services. We staff the local and National (1-888-ASK-PFML) Megan's Law Help lines. PFML has recently expanded its mission to include the new Crime Victims Center, a program designed to link all victims of violent crime with crime victim compensation and multi-agency referrals for support and assistance, Stony Brook, NY.


State Victim Rights Amendments, National Victims' Constitutional Amendment Passage – a state-by-state listing, Denver, CO.

Victims' Assistance Legal Organization – dedicated to advancing the rights and improving the treatment of crime victims in the criminal, juvenile and civil justice systems, McLean, VA.

Ethics Online Interactive Exercise – a dialogue about ethical decision-making in the field of victim assistance. Every month a new case scenario is posted. The stories are a compilation of experiences and challenges presented by victim assistance providers who are interviewed about ethical issues they deal with on a regular basis.


Victim Assistance Online – A Comprehensive Resource Center – an information, research and networking resource for victim assistance specialists, professionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology.


Victim Rights Law Centerprovides sexual assault victims with free legal help. Our mission is to give sexual assault victims the legal information they need to reclaim their lives and to become survivors, Boston, MA and Portland, OR.


Witness Justice – empowering and assisting victims of violence and their loved ones in healing from trauma and in navigating the criminal justice process, Frederick, MD.


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Download 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide (English and Español)



See state crime victim compensation programs



See Victim Assistance Training Online




See Crime Victims Fund §10601



See Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. § 3771



See Procedures to Promote Compliance with Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. § 45.10



OVC Directory of Crime Victim Services, an Online Resource.



See Help for Crime Victims Toll-Free Numbers


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