About CVR


A community of victim service providers and researchers collaborating to improve practice through effective use of research and data.


The Center for Victim Research is designed to serve as a one-stop shop for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge to increase (1) access to victim research and data and (2) the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide. We use the following strategies to improve the response to victims:

  • Promoting the collection and use of victim data.
  • Increasing access to research evidence on victim policies, programs, and practices.
  • Supporting the translation and dissemination of victim research as useable information.
  • Improving opportunities for researchers and practitioners to work together.


CVR is a joint effort by two organizations: the Justice Information Resource Network, which serves as the lead organization under the federal cooperative agreement, and the Urban Institute.

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The Center for Victim Research was initially created in 2016 to meet a need identified by the Office for Victims of Crime through its Vision 21 Initiative: the need for increased statistical data, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation to guide victim service providers, policymakers, and funders.

CVR continues to be supported by the Office for Victims of Crime through a cooperative agreement.


Many of the images used on this website are covered under a license agreement. Photo attributions are as follows:

Home page: Photos by Shutterstock

Library: Photos by Shutterstock

Get Connected: Photos by DepositPhotos

Tools and Trainings: Photos by PexelsiStock, and Shutterstock