The purpose of the Crime Victim Ombudsman (CVO) is to ensure that victims of crime are served equitably and treated fairly by the South Carolina criminal justice system and its victim service organization.
- Refer crime victims to the appropriate element of the criminal and juvenile justice systems or victim assistance programs, or both, when services are requested by crime victims or are necessary as determined by the ombudsman;
- Act as a liaison between elements of the criminal and juvenile justice systems, victim assistance programs, and victims when the need for liaison services is recognized by the ombudsman;
- Review and attempt to resolve complaints against elements of the criminal and juvenile justice systems or victim assistance programs, or both, made to the ombudsman by victims of criminal activity within the state’s jurisdiction.
Toll Free: 1-888-238-0697
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday