Crime Victims Community in COVID-19


Dear Friends of the National Center,

As we navigate this difficult time, we want to share some important updates with you. Starting Monday, March 16, the National Center staff began working remotely to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although we are not in our office right now, we are still fully functioning and continuing to support victims of crime, their families, and their communities.

While these times are trying, it is important to us that critical services and access points remain open. The VictimConnect helpline is operating on its regular hours of 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. for phone calls, web chats, and texts; please continue to reach out for support at 1-855-4-VICTIM. The D.C. Victim Hotline will continue to provide 24/7 support by phone, web chat, and text at 1-844-4HELPDC as well.

In an effort to keep our networks connected and communicating with one another during this time, we have developed the Crime Victims Community in COVID-19 (CVCC) group, which provides biweekly webinars, a Facebook group, and a Google group. Our webinars focus on the topical information we need to discuss in order to keep the crime victims community informed and up-to-date as we continue to adjust to working remotely.

For the latest information on the government’s response to COVID-19, please visit In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy!


Renee Williams
Executive Director, National Center for Victims of Crime