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?

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OCVA Blogs and News

New Faces and Places at OCVA

As many of you know, OCVA has welcomed several new staff over the past few months, and we have seen some folks promote into new roles. We are excited to share a few updates. New Faces Name and pronouns: Mikah Semrow, they/them/theirs Current role at OCVA: Section Manager, Sexual Assault Services Previous role or a bit about your background: I’ve worked in many different types of grantee organizations related to sexual assault,

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Introducing Jorey Stine, Program Manager for OCVA’s Violence Against Women (VAWA) Program

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

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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.

How to file a complaint (PDF) 

What happens after I file a discrimination complaint

How do I contact the Human Resources Managing Director

Theresa Burkheimer


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