How the Office for Victims of Crime helps crime victims

Monday - 4/26/2010, 2:52pm EDT

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April 16, 2010 -- Most people know to call the police immediately if they are ever a victim of crime but did you know that there is also funding to help you or anyone who has become a victim?

Well there is and it comes from the federal government.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime.

OVC provides substantial funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs, the lifeline services that help victims to heal.

The agency also supports trainings designed to educate criminal justice and allied professionals regarding the rights and needs of crime victims.

OVC also sponsors an annual event in April to commemorate National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).

Derrick T. Dortch talks to OVC's Acting Director, Joye E. Frost in the first half of the show about the agency, its mission and work and National Crime Victims Week.

During the second half he is joined by Steve Derene, Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators.

Dortch talks to Derene about NAVAA and the State Administrators who utilize Federal monies from OVC to provide compensation or fund various programs that will assist and compensate victims.