Welcome to the National Center for Victims of Crime

We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Help for Crime Victims

Visit our Help for Crime Victims page to find local assistance and other helpful resources.

Support Our Work

Individual donations go a long way in ensuring services provided to victims and those who work with victims continue uninterrupted.

Become a Member

Join the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.

Visit the DNA Resource Center for training, technical assistance, and information about the importance of forensic DNA as a tool to help solve and prevent crime and bring justice for victims.

DNA Resource Center Publications

  • DNA Frequently Asked Questions

    See answers to Frequently Asked Questions for victim service providers about forensic DNA.
  • DNA Quiz

    Can you separate fact from fiction? Test your knowledge of DNA.
  • Profiles in DNA

    Read interviews with survivors, innovative programs, and dedicated individuals working to secure justice for victims through their use of forensic DNA technology. 
  • Post-Conviction Testing and Exonerations (Brochure)

    This bulletin helps victim service providers and other professionals give informed and sensitive guidance to victims during the post-conviction testing and exoneration process. Download the Bulletin.
  • DNA and Crime Victims (Brochure)

    Educational Brochures for:
  • DNA and Crime Victims: Cold Case Notifications (Brochure)

    This brochure aims to help law enforcement officers understand how victims may react to notification of a DNA match in cold cases and how to foster their trust and make the first contact go as smoothly as possible. Download the brochure.
  • DNA Knowledge among Victim Service Providers: Results of an Online Survey and a Multidisciplinary Focus Group (2008)

    This National Center study found that victim-serving professionals need more accurate and reliable sources of information, a better understanding of forensic DNA databases, more written information for victims, and more training for themselves. Download the Study.
  • DNA: What Professionals Know and Believe about Forensic DNA

    In 2007, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched a unique initiative to study how victim service providers and other criminal justice system professionals work with victims whose cases had the potential to involve forensic DNA evidence. The results of this showed that many professionals knew very little about DNA evidence and were ill-equipped to work with victims, much less maximize the potential of the most important type of forensic evidence since the discovery of the fingerprint. In 2012, the National Center surveyed criminal justice professionals a second time. This report details the results, including comparisons from 2007 to 2012. Download the study here.