The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) is to advise the Mayor on policies and practices in order to improve both the administration of justice in the District and the provision of services and support for victims of crime. OVSJG is also responsible for overseeing the programmatic strategies and coordinating the grant-making efforts of the Office of Victim Services, the Justice Grants Administration, and the Access to Justice initiative in order to ensure the coordinated programmatic and grant-making efforts of those offices.
Summary of Services
The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) coordinates and funds programs in the District that serve crime victims, prevent crime, and improve the administration of justice for victims and offenders. OVSJG also provides policy-making expertise, advice, and counsel to the Executive on the role of victims and offenders in the criminal justice system, and evidence-based practices to respond to, intervene in, and prevent violence. OVSJG operates three primary programs: victim services, justice grants, and the Access to Justice initiative.
The Victim Services program (VS) administers grants to agencies and community-based organizations to support victims of all crime, and provides coordination and leadership around multi-disciplinary efforts to develop a continuum of care for all types of crime victims. Some of this support includes providing safe temporary and transitional housing for victims/survivors of domestic violence; coordinating with area hospitals to ensure that victims are able to receive advocacy and medical forensic services; ensuring access to translations and interpretation services for victim service providers; and providing crisis intervention and advocacy services for victims of homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.