Each year, millions of people in the United States become victims of crime. Yet according to the National Crime Victimization Survey, only one in 10 victims of violent crime report receiving victim services. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime’s Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report asserts that all crime victims should have immediate access to a seamless continuum of evidence-based services and support that will assist them in recovering from their victimization. However, services are not always readily accessible to or designed for victims from all communities. The Resource Center is working to increase the number of victims who receive accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed healing services.

To do this, the Resource Center is working to

  • understand who is underrepresented and why some people access services while others do not;
  • design and implement best practices to guide organizations and service providers in how they connect people to the services they need; and
  • empower and equip organizations with the services that are the most useful and effective in helping victims to recover from crime.

For more information, visit the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims website at www.reachingvictims.org.