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Help Out: For crime victims, getting the help they need often requires them to live through their nightmare again and again. But with caring volunteers, they don't have to go it alone. From escorting victims to criminal justice proceedings to helping victims find appropriate counseling, volunteers are there to help. The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) does not directly offer volunteer opportunities, but find out how you can help crime victims by clicking on one of the links below.

Finding Local Volunteer Opportunities

General Volunteer Services—Search the following general volunteerism Web sites by location, skill, interest, keyword, and so forth for opportunities to help crime victims:

You may also find ways to help out crime victims by looking for opportunities within victim serving organizations, many of which are listed in the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services. The Directory allows you to search for local crime victim assistance agencies in your area that may offer volunteer opportunities. Contact the local programs to see if you can help.

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Volunteer Information

Corporation for National and Community Service—A federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance—A nationwide, congressionally endorsed effort to establish a long-term, meaningful, and positive way to observe 9/11 each year. Visit the Web site to pledge your time to serve crime victims.

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Crime Victim Assistance Information

Help for Crime Victims—Links to resources, organizations, and publications.

Helplines: Toll Free Telephone Numbers—Hotlines and 1-800 numbers for national victim serving organizations, clearinghouses, and referral organizations.

OVC Publications

What Is the Office for Victims of Crime? (HTML)

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Volunteering doesn't require special skills, just special people. The thing about volunteering is, there's a job for everyone. Whether you hold a hand, make a phone call, or stuff an envelope, every job has a positive impact on a victim. Angela: Rape Center Volunteer


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