Office of Crime Victims Advocacy

DO YOU NEED HELP?

Are you a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other crime? Do you know someone who is a victim of crime? Use this Crime Victims Resource Guide to locate services in your county.

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 that impact crime victims.
  • Our mission

    It is the mission of the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy to identify the opportunities and resources victims need to recover, and to facilitate the availability of those resources and opportunities in communities statewide.

    Advocacy

    OCVA helps crime victims access 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:

    Crime Victim Service Centers
    Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy
    Human Trafficking
    Sexual Assault Services
    Sexual Assault Prevention
    Victim Witness Assistance
    Violence Against Women, STOP Grant
    Violence Against Women, Grants To Encourage Arrest

    Leadership

    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.

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    Program Links

    Resources

    Need Help?

    Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
    Washington State Department of Commerce
    P.O. Box 42525
    1011 Plum Street SE
    Olympia, WA   98504-2525

    ocva@commerce.wa.gov
    Direct Service Line: 1-800-822-1067
    Grantee Line: 1-866-857-9889
    Fax: 360-586-7176

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