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About the Office of Victim Services

The Office of Victim Services (OVS) was established by Mayor’s Order 2004-119 [PDF] on July 19, 2004. OVS is responsible for coordinating and supporting victim services within the District by working with DC government agencies and community-based organizations to develop, expand, and improve services that are provided to victims of violent crime. OVS also provides information and recommendations to the Mayor regarding the needs of victims and best practices for meeting those needs.