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The National Center for Victims of Crime serves as a victim-services related training and technical assistance provider.  This website provides resources for Project Safe Neighborhood teams, organizations seeking to address Complex Homicide cases, and other entities wanting to learn more about crime victims' and survivors' needs and experiences and reduce violent crime.


of U.S. law enforcement organizations have a specialized victim service unit


of violent crime survivors received services from a victim service agency in 2017


of U.S. law enforcement organizations have full time staff dedicated to a domestic violence unit


of U.S. law enforcement organizations have full time staff dedicated to a victim service unit

About Our Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Programs

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a Department of Justice initiative that began in 2001 to reduce violent crime nationwide by utilizing evidence-based methods, and it consists of approximately 100 districts, which are led by U.S. Attorney offices and may include local law enforcement, judiciary, nonprofit, and other local components.

The Multidisciplinary Responses to Families and Communities in Complex Homicide Cases (Complex Homicide) project aims to identify promising victim-centered, trauma-informed responses as well as evidence-based practices that can be implemented through partnerships between law enforcement and victim service providers to address the needs of families and communities in complex homicide cases. 

The National Center's Role

With PSN, efforts have recently integrated victims’ and their families’ needs and experiences, which the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center) recognizes as essential to reducing violent crime. The National Center leads this effort by serving as a voice for victims and providing trauma-informed and victim-centered TTA to all task forces. The National Center’s TTA covers a wide range of topics in our TTA Catalog.

With Complex Homicide, the National Center, in partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), has provided direct TTA to seven demonstration sites. In addition to providing access to a variety of subject matter experts to help grantees implement their projects, the National Center has provided support, as needed, for each site’s program evaluation. The National Center and NSA will also publish and disseminate a compendium of promising practices and resources resulting from the projects.


After violent crime victimization, survivors, their families, and communities experience significant levels of fear and concern for their safety, including trauma-related symptoms such as sleep problems, depression, stress, anxiety, substance abuse, and isolation.

From 1993 to 2009, only 7.4% of victims of aggravated assault received assistance from a victim service agency.  From 2010 to 2015, this number decreased by 0.2%.

In 2017, high school students who were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or unsure of their sexual orientation were more likely than heterosexual students to report physical or sexual dating violence.

While nationwide homicide rates are declining, homicides in the 50 U.S. largest cities rose by 17% from 2014 to 2015, representing the greatest increase in 25 years.

At-risk and underserved crime survivors are significantly less likely to report their victimization and have significantly less access to victim services.


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This website was produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime and is funded in whole or in part through grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (Grant No. 2018-V3-GX-K002) and the Office for Victims of Crime (Grant No. 2016-XV-GX-K017), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).  The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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