The Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) funds numerous victim centered programs that help restore a sense of security, support, and well-being for those who have experienced trauma fueled by hate crimes. Every state and six territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula funds from OVC to help support crime victim assistance and crime victim compensation programs. Victims may be eligible for receive VOCA crime victim compensation benefits, including reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. Victims may also be eligible for victim based support services provided by local direct victim service programs funded by VOCA Formula Victim Assistance funding.
To find information about victim assistance and victim compensation in your state or territory, visit Help in Your State | Help for Victims | OVC (ojp.gov). Organizations interested in current funding opportunities related to hate crimes should visit the grants page of this hate crimes website. Information about additional funding opportunities is available here.
The FBI Victim Services Division informs, supports and assists victims and their families in navigating the aftermath of federal crimes and the criminal justice process with dignity and resilience. The Victim Services Division is responsible for ensuring that victims of federal crimes are given the opportunity to receive services and notification as required by federal law and the Attorney General Guidelines on Victim and Witness Assistance.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program in each U.S. Attorney’s Office is staffed with trained professionals who work with victims and witnesses of every type of crime charged in a federal court, from human trafficking to identity theft, from child exploitation to hate crimes. The program ensures that victims and witnesses of federal crimes, who have suffered physical, financial or emotional harm, are afforded their statutory rights and receive the necessary assistance, service, and protection to which they are entitled under law throughout the Federal criminal justice process. Contact information for the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in your state or territory is available by clicking on the map here: State Specific Information | HATECRIMES | Department of Justice.