Victim Assistance Program

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About VAP Services

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 over 200 contracts to a variety of Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs) across New York State in the amount of nearly $50 million annually. The duties associated with this task include ensuring compliance with Federal Register/Final Rule; 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 Grants Unit staff is a liaison for the agency with various crime victim coalitions, federal authorities, the public and other interested parties.

The Grants Unit also coordinates activities of the OVS Advisory Council and partners with the agency's Training & Outreach Unit to offer routine VAP trainings, including the biennial OVS Statewide Victim Assistance Conference. VAP training opportunities are updated routinely, including customizable training and technical assistance requests and Victim Services Academy Training information, on the VAP Training Center Webpage.

The 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.

VAP Resources

OVS Resource Connect Logo
Victim Assistance Programs funded by OVS can be identifed or located through OVS Resource Connect, a concern-based online search engine. 

VAP Connect Logo
An online community forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs), VAP Connect provides a space for VAPs to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another.

Match Waiver Policy
Guidance and informaiton related to the OVS Match Waiver Policy for OVS-funded VOCA sub-recipeients. 

Executive Order #38
Guidance and information for OVS-funded organizations related to Limits on Administrative Expenses and Executive Compensation.

Electronic Communication
Periodic electronic communication is via the OVS Broadcast Email Listserv, where subscribers receive announcement for training opportunities, OVS events and general information pertaining to crime victims. Please note, some email clients may filter emails from OVS into a spam or junk folder. To prevent this, please make a periodic check of junk folders a part of your routine, add all OVS email addresses to your email client ‘whitelist’ and visit this webpage frequently for updates published below. 


Contract Documents

VAP Documents

Advisory Bulletins

Broadcast Emails

Broadcast emails are sent out as an announcement for training opportunities, OVS events and general information pertaining to crime victims. Previous broadcast emails are available below. You can also Subscribe Now for access to future broadcast emails from OVS.

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Central Coalition

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Rape Crisis Coalition of Northeastern New York

Southern Tier Coalition

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Victim Services Portal

This is a very exciting time at OVS. We are excited to share our vision for the future of claim submissions with our Programs. We know there is a tremendous amount of information to disseminate in order to ensure the success of a smooth rollout of the VSP. OVS is committed to provide you with the support you need to use the VSP. Please consult this page of our website for updates and information. Feel free to contact your Program Monitor if you need further clarification.

This presentation is the recording of the Victim Service Portal (VSP) training webinar from June 24, 2015.

Attorney Services RFA

Case Manager RFA

Model Office RFA

Performance Reporting Information

Civil Rights Compliance

OVS E-Newsletter

2019 VOCA Victim Assistance RFA

2022 VOCA Victim Assistance RFA