Office of Crime Victim Services
If you are the victim of a crime, the Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) is here to help. We offer resources for the emotional and psychological challenges of being a crime victim, as well as compensation for certain financial losses. We can also explain your victim rights in the criminal justice system and assist you in exercising them.
Contact local social services, your DA's victim services, or local law enforcement.
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Wis. Stat. § 968.075(3)(a)(4)
Crime affects everyone differently, and each person’s healing process is unique. There are many resources available to assist you.
OCVS offers in-depth policy and advocacy resources for criminal justice professionals and victims of crime.
OCVS administers state-wide grant programs, offers assistance and reimbursement to county v/w programs, and supports the Crime Victims Rights Board and Wisconsin Crime Victims Council.
Director of the Office of Crime Victim Services
Jill Karofsky has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of Crime Victim Services since 2011. Prior to her appointment, Jill was an Assistant Attorney General and Wisconsin’s first Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor. In that role, she provided training and support to Wisconsin prosecutors to enhance their prosecutions of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and related offenses.
From 2001-2010 Jill was an attorney for the National Conference of Bar Examiners where she served as the Director of Human Resources and Counsel, and the Director of Education. Jill started her career in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and then Deputy District Attorney where she specialized in prosecuting crimes involving women and child victims.
Jill is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has taught Trial Advocacy and is currently teaching a course she developed called Victims in the Criminal Justice System.
Jill is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.) and LaFollette School of Public Affairs (M.A.) Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University.