As part of an integrated campaign to increase awareness about victims’ rights, educate the public about the impact of crime, and promote crime victim resources, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) launched crimevictims.gov in 2005. At the time of its launch, the site was tied directly to the release of seven public service announcements (PSAs) that began to air nationally during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual commemoration that promotes victims’ rights and services in all sectors of society.
Designed for three audiences—crime victims, volunteers, and victim service providers—crimevictims.gov provides a wealth of resources for each, including links to Web sites, publications, databases, and hotlines. The site intentionally mirrors the look and feel of the PSAs, "giving a face" to crime victims, volunteers, and providers through photos and brief testimonials.
The PSAs, which feature the experiences of 16 survivors, address these same three audiences, informing crime victims about their rights and the wide range of services available to assist them. The PSAs are available on OVC’s Web site and were prepared by Justice Solutions under grant number 2002-GXK013, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.