We envision a future where all people have access to support, healing, and the ability to reach their full potential; where all people experience autonomy, dignity, freedom of identity and expression, and safety in their homes and communities.
To that end, it is the mission of the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy to identify the opportunities and resources needed for prevention and intervention, and to facilitate the availability of those opportunities and resources in communities statewide
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.
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 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.
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.
OCVA Funded Services
The purpose of the Crime Victim Service Center program is to support the provision of services to victims of crime, such as assault, robbery, child abuse, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide, property crime, and survivors of homicide in Washington State.
- Respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims.
- Assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization.
- Assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system.
- Provide victims of crime with a measure of immediate safety and security.
The Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy (DVLA) program supports victims as they navigate the legal system. The legal system is a large component in the overall response to domestic violence. DV victims and their children often do become involved in some type of legal case. The legal system can be complex and overwhelming to those not familiar with it. Having someone familiar with the system can help survivors to analyze potential risks and benefits of various legal options. A legal advocate can help survivors to plan for their safety and well-being throughout the process.
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Provides grant management to ensure that sexual assault victims and survivors across their lifespan have access to advocacy, support, and specialized services and that communities are engaged in responding to sexual violence.
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The STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program makes the criminal justice system work more effectively for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The goal of the program is to increase the safety of victims in every county, while enhancing the collaboration between law enforcement, court systems, and victim advocates.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program provides trained advocates to help crime victims during the investigation and prosecution of the crime. Every county prosecutor’s office in Washington has a system-based Victim Witness Program available to victims and witnesses of crime.
Improves responses to incarcerated victims of sexual assault through grant management and technical assistance to local sexual assault programs, confidential advocacy for incarcerated survivors, and leading partnerships to assist in PREA compliance in the state of Washington.
Provides training, resources, and compliance monitoring for agencies responsible for assisting immigrant crime victims with certifications and declarations for victims to apply for U and T visa non-immigrant status. Provides resources and ensures immigrant crime victims are aware of the protections available to them.
Reduces human trafficking and improves access and effectiveness of services to victims and survivors of human trafficking by providing training to law enforcement, prosecutors, and court personnel; maintaining a human trafficking information portal and information on statewide task forces; and providing a comprehensive directory of resources for victims of labor and sex trafficking.
Aims to prevent sexual violence in communities and increase the willingness of communities to prevent sexual violence by providing grants to nonprofit and local governmental sexual assault programs for primary prevention, skill building, and community development.
OCVA Program links
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA):
- Child Advocacy Center Initiative
- By and For Victim Services Initiative
- Tribal Government Initiative
- Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Initiative
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA):
*This is a partial list of current initiatives. Visit our Grant page for open requests for grant proposals