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. Crime victim programs work with governments, community-based organizations and individuals to reduce the impact of crime, substance abuse, and violence. Our programs use advocacy, prevention, education, treatment and law enforcement to stop violence, substance abuse, and their social impacts so that Washington’s communities are the best places to work and live.
Do You Need Help or Information?
Are you a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other crime? Do you know someone who is a victim of a crime?
- If you are a victim of a crime and are looking for services, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Direct Service Line: 1-800-822-1067
- Crime Victims Resource Guide to find services near you
- Washington State Clearinghouse on Human Trafficking
- OCVA Programs
Grantees, Agencies & Organizations
OCVA Blogs and News
Jorey Stine (she/her) recently joined OCVA’s Violence Against Women (VAWA) program. Jorey is the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy (DVLA) program manager. In this role, Jorey will focus on ensuring grantees are fulfilling the needs of survivors in their communities in trauma-informed methods that use best practices, including robust community responses to gender-based violence. Jorey was drawn to OCVA because she wants to continue being engaged in crime victim advocacy and
Senate Bill 5395, passed by the legislature and Washington voters in 2020, requires all public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education by the 2022-23 school year. Instruction must be age-appropriate, medically and scientifically accurate, and inclusive of all students, using language and strategies that recognize all members of protected classes. Implementation requirements vary by grade. See OSPI’s website for additional information about the law’s requirements. The curricula must include
Filing a discrimination complaint against federal grant programs
Who can file a discrimination complaint
- Any client, customer, program participant, or employee of an organization that receives funding passed through the Washington State Department of Commerce by the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal grant programs has the right to file a discrimination complaint.
- Any individual who feels that they have been discriminated against may file an external complaint.
What happens after I file a discrimination complaint
- Commerce does not have the authority or the resources to investigate external complaints. External complaints may be filed with the DOJ, Human Rights Commission (HRC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- The Commerce Human Resources Managing Director will act as the agency contact if individuals have additional questions regarding filing an external complaint.
How do I contact the Human Resources Management Director