Crime Victim Assistance

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) implements the victim assistance formula grant program (Victim Assistance Program) (CFDA #15.575) authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), as amended. (See 34 U.S.C. § 20103.) The Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program provides funding to local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims. Priority is given to programs providing assistance to victims of sexual assault, spousal abuse, child abuse, and underserved victims of violent crimes. Direct assistance to crime victims includes crisis counseling, telephone and onsite information and referrals, criminal justice support and advocacy, shelter, therapy, and additional assistance. Funds may also be used to develop new programs that address emerging needs, gaps in services, and training of victim service advocates.

For more information contact:

LaShinna Gauthier; Phone: (225) 219-3328; Email:
Shelita Henry; Phone: (225) 342-1573; Email:
Rutha Chatwood; Phone: (225) 342-1625; Email:

Victims of crime seeking assistance through the Crime Victims Reparation (CVR) Program should call 888-6-VICTIM (888-684-2846)