September is Crime Victims Advocacy Month in Washington. Read Governor Inslee's proclamation.
Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) serves as a voice within government for the needs of crime victims in Washington State. Established in 1990, OCVA serves the state by:
Advocating on behalf of victims obtaining needed services and resources.
Administering grant funds for community programs working with crime victims.
Assisting communities in planning and implementing services for crime victims.
Advising local and state government agencies of practices, policies, and priorities which impact crime victims.
It is the mission of the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy to identify the opportunities and resources victims need in order to recover and to facilitate the availability of those resources and opportunities in communities statewide.
OCVA assists crime victims in accessing needed services and resources. It serves as an ombudsman for crime victims who are dissatisfied with the response they received in the aftermath of a crime. OCVA also provides individual case consultation to service providers and victim advocates regarding clients.
Grants administration and areas of expertise
OCVA administers grant funds in all communities throughout Washington State. Grant funds are provided by the legislature or the federal government to coordinate and enhance services designed to benefit crime victims. OCVA grant funds support community agencies throughout the state providing:
In its role as an advocate for victims of crime, OCVA provides leadership on several levels:
Policy Development: Developing and recommending programs and policies to improve the quality and accessibility of services for victims.
Technical Assistance: Providing technical support and consultation to services providers relative to improved management and service delivery.
Training: Facilitating the planning and provision of training for service providers in social service, criminal justice, medical, and education systems.
Community Education: Increasing public awareness of crime victims’ needs and concerns in Washington State.
Service Standards: Facilitating the development of service delivery standards by working in concert with providers to assure quality and availability.
Resources: OCVA serves as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information on services, legislation, and research relevant to crime victims, including information on prevention/education programs, treatment services, statistics, criminal justice system, and crime victim compensation.