Victim Assistance Program

The Victim and Witness Assistance Unit (Grants Unit) is responsible for the administration of the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim and Witness Assistance funds to not-for-profit and municipal agencies across the State serving crime victims. Currently the Grants Unit administers and processes nearly 200 contracts to a variety of Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs) across New York State in the amount of $25 million annually. The duties associated with this task include ensuring compliance with VOCA Program Guidelines; timely submission of all financial, sub-grant award and other required reports; and resolution of any federal audit findings. 

Our staff assists the funded agencies with processing their contracts, completing fiscal cost reports and submitting performance reports detailing services provided and number of individuals served. In addition, annual site visits are conducted to ensure the contractual obligations are met and that programs are fulfilling federal and state guidelines requirements. Technical assistance is provided on a regular basis to all funded programs on a multitude of issues. Additionally, this Unit coordinates with other criminal justice agencies in the State on victim and witness service initiatives and priorities. The Unit staff is a liaison for the agency with various crime victim coalitions, federal authorities, the public and other interested parties. It also coordinates the activities of OVS's Advisory Council and organizes the agency's biannual Statewide Victim Conference.

The New York State Office of Victim Services distributes and makes available RFP Guidelines and Application Procedures for awards under VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Grant Program.

VOCA funds for both new and continuation programs will be awarded for three consecutive 12-month grant periods.  Each grant period will commence October 1st and will terminate on September 30th of the following year.  All funded programs will be required to submit an updated annual budget and program goals and objectives before the start of each grant period.

Funding for the duration of any sub-grant agreement with the Office of Victim Services is contingent upon New York State’s Federal VOCA Victim Assistance award and appropriation by the New York State Legislature.

This section includes Advisory Bulletins sent out to announce current or new information regarding any training events, or announcements regarding the Crime Victims Board.


Broadcast emails are sent out as an announcement for trainings, OVS events or any general information pertaining to crime victims.

MAY 2014

5-14 Training - Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in New York
5-14 Training - Taking Action Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
5-14 Flyer-Training - Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in NY Flyer
5-14 Flyer-Training - Taking Action Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
2014-5-7 - RFP Bid Due Date Reminder
2014-5-2 - Request for Comments

APRIL 2014

2014-4-25 - OVS 2014 RFP - Q&A POSTED
2014-4-14 - Reminder - OVS Webinar on 4-16-14
4-14 NCVRW Attachment
4-14 NCVRW Final Reminder
2014-4-10 - 2014 OVS RFP - Bidder's Conference Webinar
2014-4-1 - OVS 2014 RFP Now Available

MARCH 2014

2014-3-13 - Deadline for Budget Amendments
3-14 NCVRW Reminder Attachment
3-14 NCVRW Reminder


2014-2-20 New Deadline for Budget Amendments
2014-2-14 - Reminder - Budget Amendments
2014-2-10 - Update Scam Alert
2-14 NCVRW Attachment
2-14 NCVRW Announcement


2014-1-23 - 4th Quarter Payments - PDF
2014-1-22 - Scam Alert
2014-1-17 - New OVS Website
1-14 TeenDVMonth
1-14 TeenDVMonth -Attachment


2013-12-20 Super Bowl


Gang Violence Registration_Flyer
Gang_Violence - Syracuse NY 11-13-2013
2013-11-26 Budget Amendments




VAP Program Assignments
VAP Training Needs Survey
OVS Director Appointed
Training Announcement - Gang Violence - Syracuse

August 5, 2013 OVS Contract Renewal FAQs
August 22, 2013 Revised Attachment D
August 22, 2013 Gang Violence Training Announcement

JULY 2013
July 8, 2013 - Acting Director
July 2, 2013 - Executive Order #38

JUNE 2013
June 24, 2013 - AmeriCorps Volunteers
June 11, 2013 - Vision 21
June 4, Contract Renewals

MAY 2013
May 1, 2013 Updated Auditor-Monitor Program Assignments


2011 Crime Victim Coalitions

Western Coalition:

Theresa Asmus
Rape Crisis Service of PPRSR
222 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 344-0516

Northeastern Coalition:

Karen Draper
Planned Parenthood of Mohawk Hudson
Sexual Assault Support Services
414 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-5353 ext. 271

Janine Pustolka
Planned Parenthood of Mohawk Hudson
Rape Crisis Service
1040 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
(518) 374-0739

Rape Crisis Coalition of Northeastern New York:

Karen Ziegler, Chair
Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
112 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

Downstate Coalition:

Susan Xenarios, Co-Chair
St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital
411 West 114th Street, Apt. 5a
New York, NY 10025

Michael Polenberg, Co-Chair
Safe Horizon
2 Lafayette Street
New York, NY  10007
(212) 577-7735

Central Coalition:

Tammy Van Epps
Liberty Resources
218 Liberty Street
Oneida, NY 13241
(315) 363-0048

Ilene Burke
Renewal House
3 Chapel Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 379-9845

Southern Tier Coalition:

Francis J. Bialy
A New Hope Center
20 Church Street
Owego, NY  13827
(607) 687-6887