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OVC Builds Capacity To Serve Crime Victims in Indian Country (July 2013)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000393.
This fact sheet describes OVC's efforts to support American Indian/Alaska Native victims of crime by forging innovative partnerships to develop and expand exemplary tribal programs and services; and maintaining established programs that focus on culturally specific training, technical assistance, and case management, among other services.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013)
OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013)
OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance 2011 Edition (Revised May 2012) (May 2012)
OVC, 66 pages, NCJ 235121.
These guidelines establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. Effective October 1, 2011, these guidelines clarified DOJ's responsibilities to provide mandated rights and services enumerated in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) as well as other statutory requirements. Furthermore, the guidelines examine the unique requirements of vulnerable victims, including a recent update in May 2012 that addresses the scope of the federal child abuse reporting requirement under section 13031 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 13031.
Abstract | PDF
Service, Support, and Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims (February 2012)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 235307.
With funding from and in collaboration with the OVC, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has designed a national strategy that guides policies, procedures, and training in state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to substantially enhance the culture and practice of serving crime victims. This DVD presents the benefits, challenges, methods, and responsibilities for placing a high priority on crime victims' interests and meeting their needs, and for enhancing law enforcement agencies' response to victims of crime across the Nation. For more information, access the four-volume strategy package at www.responsetovictims.org, an electronic resource center hosting interactive, content-ready information and tools for law enforcement.
Abstract | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382.
Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
Statement of Rights for Identity Theft Victims (July 2011)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 235355.
Several federal laws protect victims of identity theft. Under the Justice for All Act, additional rights are applicable when the identity thief is being prosecuted in federal court. This brochure provides detailed information about working with credit reporting companies and communicating with debt collectors, and also provides information regarding limits on financial liability.
Abstract | PDF
Existe Ayuda: Help Exists Toolkit (May 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 234271.
This toolkit includes replicable Spanish-language tools and resources to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. Resources include the following: glossaries-Spanish terms related to sexual assault and trafficking; presentations-PowerPoint slides used in presentations to promotoras (community health workers) and victim advocates; and tools-a pocket card, handout, factsheets, and scripts for public service announcements and outgoing answering machine messages.
Abstract | HTML
Existe Ayuda: Victims' Rights Pocket Card (May 2011)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 234272.
The purpose of this resource is to promote awareness of sexual assault victims' rights; including the right to services regardless of race, economic status, language preference, or residency status.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | HTML (English Translation)
Gaining Insight Taking Action Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and Companion Guidebook (April 2011)
OVC, OVC Videos, 89 pages, NCJ 232780.
This 55-minute DVD comprises three videos and guidebooks: Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime; Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims; and Substance Abuse and Victimization. It is a valuable training tool for service providers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals, mental health providers, legal advocates, and other audiences who want to better understand how to communicate effectively with crime victims, the challenges faced by underserved victim populations, and the relationship between substance abuse and victimization. A discussion guide accompanies this DVD.
Abstract | PDF (Guidebook) | HTML (Listen to My Story: WMV) | HTML (Listen to My Story: Quicktime) | HTML (Underserved Victims: WMV) | HTML (Underserved Victims: Quicktime) | HTML (Substance Abuse: WMV) | HTML (Substance Abuse: Quicktime)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Enhancing the Legal Profession's Response to Victims of Child Abuse (2009)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 14 pages, NCJ 245034.
After reviewing the American Bar Association’s general recommendations for the rights and needs of child victims in legal processing of their cases, this article focuses on child sexual abuse victims and the improvement of legal professionals’ interaction with these victims.
Abstract | PDF
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children (August 2008)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 223 pages, NCJ 235247.
This Guide is intended to give the legal drafting committees of tribal governments an overview of comparative federal, tribal, and state statutory provisions for the drafting of new or amended tribal child protection laws.
Abstract | PDF | DOC
A Guide to the Role of Crime Victims in Mental Health Courts (June 2008)
OVC-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 223344.
This guide, intended primarily for stakeholders involved in either planning or operating mental health courts, highlights the potential role of crime victims in mental health courts, as it addresses the challenges court teams face in attempting to involve victims of crimes committed by individuals with mental illnesses.
Abstract | PDF
Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (June 2008)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000314.
Since 1989, OVC's Children's Justice Act grant program has provided funds and technical assistance to help AI/AN communities to better handle serious child abuse cases from disclosure and investigation through prosecution and case resolution. This fact sheet discusses activities funded through CJA, eligibility, and supportive training and technical assistance for grantees.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
DNA: Critical Issues for Those Who Work With Victims (April 2007)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 211970.
This 24-minute DVD raises awareness for victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and others who work with crime victims about the issues involved for those whose cases involve DNA evidence. The video highlights issues such as collection and preservation of evidence, the crime's impact on the victim, victim notification at points along the process, and victim involvement and participation in the process.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Providing Services to Victims Viewing a Trial at Multiple Locations (September 2006)
OVC, 20 pages, NCJ 212293.
To help victims and survivors of mass violence and terrorism, some courts have ordered the closed-circuit transmission of trial proceedings to multiple locations so that victims may more easily participate in the trial process. This e-pub presents a protocol for providing standardized quality services in a safe haven environment to victims during the trial, sentencing, and other court proceedings of those involved in crimes of mass violence and terrorism.
Abstract | HTML
Justice for All Act (April 2006)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, FS 000311.
This fact sheet describes the 2004 Act (H.R. 5107, Public Law 108-405) signed into law by President George W. Bush. The Act seeks to protect crime victims' rights, eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted offenders, and improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of crime laboratories.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (2001)
OVC, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 185690.
This bulletin offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Victim-Oriented Multidisciplinary Responses to Statutory Rape: Training Guide (2000)
OVC, OVC Training Guidebooks, 41 pages, NCJ 178237.
This guidebook raises the various problems law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers encounter in statutory rape cases and identifies promising practices for dealing with them.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Training Guidebooks Series
Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice System Response to Child Victims and Witnesses (June 1999)
OVC, OVC Others, 32 pages, NCJ 176983.
This monograph describes the best practices and programs that focus on the most effective response to child victims and child witnesses by all those who work in our criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Children Exposed to Violence: Criminal Justice Resources (1999)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 176984.
This bulletin is a companion piece to the OVC monograph "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice Response to Child Victims and Witnesses". It provides information about the resources, tools, and services available to improve our individual and collective response to children who face crime and violence in their lives.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Promising Victim-Related Practices and Strategies in Probation and Parole (1999)
OVC, 301 pages, NCJ 166606.
This compendium explains ways in which probation and parole can change from being simply offender directed to a balanced approach that addresses the specific needs of all involved, including victims.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
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No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752.
This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
Abstract | PDF
Elder Abuse Emerges From the Shadows of Public Consciousness (April 2010)
NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 229883.
This article reports on two studies sponsored by the National Institute of Justice that examined the prevalence of elder abuse and its detection through the forensic examination of the difference between accidental and inflicted bruising. The article concludes with descriptions of elder abuse cases in which prosecutors and victim-witness advocates have cooperated in gaining convictions of perpetrators of elder abuse.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389.
This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
Serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) Battered Women: A National Survey of the Courts' Capacity to Provide Protection Orders (June 2006)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 209 pages, NCJ 216072.
This federally supported study explored the capacity of Limited English Proficient (LEP) petitioners, specifically battered women to receive orders of protection.
Abstract | PDF
Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It (December 2005)
NIJ, 18 pages, NCJ 205521.
After summarizing data on the nature and extent of sexual assault on college campuses, this study presents findings on response policies and procedures; reporting options; barriers and facilitators for reporting; reporter training and prevention programming; victim resources; and investigation, adjudication, and campus sanctions.
Abstract | PDF
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
PDF | TEXT
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
PDF | TEXT
USA Bulletin: Victims' Rights (January 1999)
DOJ, Bulletin, 96 pages, NCJ 175038.
This United States Attorneys' bulletin is dedicated solely to victim-witness matters, with emphasis on the role of prosecutors. This special 96-page issue also chronicles legislation from the past two decades that provides procedural and remedial rights to victims, such as the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996, the Emergency Witness Assistance Program, the Crime Victims Fund, and the Drug Victim Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
Civil Protection Orders: Victims' Views on Effectiveness (1997)
NIJ, NIJ Research Preview, FS 000191.
This NIJ Preview concludes that victims' views on the effectiveness of protection orders vary with how accessible the courts are for victims and how well established the links are between public and private services and support resources for victims.
PDF | TEXT
Part Of the NIJ Research Preview Series
Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases (1995)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 170 pages, NCJ 156842.
These guidelines aim to set forth the essential elements of properly conducted family court proceedings in cases involved child abuse and neglect by describing family court functions, outlining the efficient maintenance of court calendars, explaining court staffing and organizational issues, and clarifying associated costs with these procedures.
Abstract | PDF
 Sort By Title   Date
 
OVC Builds Capacity To Serve Crime Victims in Indian Country (July 2013)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000393.
This fact sheet describes OVC's efforts to support American Indian/Alaska Native victims of crime by forging innovative partnerships to develop and expand exemplary tribal programs and services; and maintaining established programs that focus on culturally specific training, technical assistance, and case management, among other services.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013)
OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013)
OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance 2011 Edition (Revised May 2012) (May 2012)
OVC, 66 pages, NCJ 235121.
These guidelines establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. Effective October 1, 2011, these guidelines clarified DOJ's responsibilities to provide mandated rights and services enumerated in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) as well as other statutory requirements. Furthermore, the guidelines examine the unique requirements of vulnerable victims, including a recent update in May 2012 that addresses the scope of the federal child abuse reporting requirement under section 13031 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 13031.
Abstract | PDF
Service, Support, and Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims (February 2012)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 235307.
With funding from and in collaboration with the OVC, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has designed a national strategy that guides policies, procedures, and training in state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to substantially enhance the culture and practice of serving crime victims. This DVD presents the benefits, challenges, methods, and responsibilities for placing a high priority on crime victims' interests and meeting their needs, and for enhancing law enforcement agencies' response to victims of crime across the Nation. For more information, access the four-volume strategy package at www.responsetovictims.org, an electronic resource center hosting interactive, content-ready information and tools for law enforcement.
Abstract | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752.
This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
Abstract | PDF
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382.
Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
Statement of Rights for Identity Theft Victims (July 2011)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 235355.
Several federal laws protect victims of identity theft. Under the Justice for All Act, additional rights are applicable when the identity thief is being prosecuted in federal court. This brochure provides detailed information about working with credit reporting companies and communicating with debt collectors, and also provides information regarding limits on financial liability.
Abstract | PDF
Existe Ayuda: Help Exists Toolkit (May 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 234271.
This toolkit includes replicable Spanish-language tools and resources to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. Resources include the following: glossaries-Spanish terms related to sexual assault and trafficking; presentations-PowerPoint slides used in presentations to promotoras (community health workers) and victim advocates; and tools-a pocket card, handout, factsheets, and scripts for public service announcements and outgoing answering machine messages.
Abstract | HTML
Existe Ayuda: Victims' Rights Pocket Card (May 2011)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 234272.
The purpose of this resource is to promote awareness of sexual assault victims' rights; including the right to services regardless of race, economic status, language preference, or residency status.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | HTML (English Translation)
Gaining Insight Taking Action Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and Companion Guidebook (April 2011)
OVC, OVC Videos, 89 pages, NCJ 232780.
This 55-minute DVD comprises three videos and guidebooks: Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime; Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims; and Substance Abuse and Victimization. It is a valuable training tool for service providers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals, mental health providers, legal advocates, and other audiences who want to better understand how to communicate effectively with crime victims, the challenges faced by underserved victim populations, and the relationship between substance abuse and victimization. A discussion guide accompanies this DVD.
Abstract | PDF (Guidebook) | HTML (Listen to My Story: WMV) | HTML (Listen to My Story: Quicktime) | HTML (Underserved Victims: WMV) | HTML (Underserved Victims: Quicktime) | HTML (Substance Abuse: WMV) | HTML (Substance Abuse: Quicktime)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Elder Abuse Emerges From the Shadows of Public Consciousness (April 2010)
NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 229883.
This article reports on two studies sponsored by the National Institute of Justice that examined the prevalence of elder abuse and its detection through the forensic examination of the difference between accidental and inflicted bruising. The article concludes with descriptions of elder abuse cases in which prosecutors and victim-witness advocates have cooperated in gaining convictions of perpetrators of elder abuse.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389.
This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
Enhancing the Legal Profession's Response to Victims of Child Abuse (2009)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 14 pages, NCJ 245034.
After reviewing the American Bar Association’s general recommendations for the rights and needs of child victims in legal processing of their cases, this article focuses on child sexual abuse victims and the improvement of legal professionals’ interaction with these victims.
Abstract | PDF
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children (August 2008)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 223 pages, NCJ 235247.
This Guide is intended to give the legal drafting committees of tribal governments an overview of comparative federal, tribal, and state statutory provisions for the drafting of new or amended tribal child protection laws.
Abstract | PDF | DOC
A Guide to the Role of Crime Victims in Mental Health Courts (June 2008)
OVC-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 223344.
This guide, intended primarily for stakeholders involved in either planning or operating mental health courts, highlights the potential role of crime victims in mental health courts, as it addresses the challenges court teams face in attempting to involve victims of crimes committed by individuals with mental illnesses.
Abstract | PDF
Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (June 2008)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000314.
Since 1989, OVC's Children's Justice Act grant program has provided funds and technical assistance to help AI/AN communities to better handle serious child abuse cases from disclosure and investigation through prosecution and case resolution. This fact sheet discusses activities funded through CJA, eligibility, and supportive training and technical assistance for grantees.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
DNA: Critical Issues for Those Who Work With Victims (April 2007)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 211970.
This 24-minute DVD raises awareness for victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and others who work with crime victims about the issues involved for those whose cases involve DNA evidence. The video highlights issues such as collection and preservation of evidence, the crime's impact on the victim, victim notification at points along the process, and victim involvement and participation in the process.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Providing Services to Victims Viewing a Trial at Multiple Locations (September 2006)
OVC, 20 pages, NCJ 212293.
To help victims and survivors of mass violence and terrorism, some courts have ordered the closed-circuit transmission of trial proceedings to multiple locations so that victims may more easily participate in the trial process. This e-pub presents a protocol for providing standardized quality services in a safe haven environment to victims during the trial, sentencing, and other court proceedings of those involved in crimes of mass violence and terrorism.
Abstract | HTML
Serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) Battered Women: A National Survey of the Courts' Capacity to Provide Protection Orders (June 2006)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 209 pages, NCJ 216072.
This federally supported study explored the capacity of Limited English Proficient (LEP) petitioners, specifically battered women to receive orders of protection.
Abstract | PDF
Justice for All Act (April 2006)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, FS 000311.
This fact sheet describes the 2004 Act (H.R. 5107, Public Law 108-405) signed into law by President George W. Bush. The Act seeks to protect crime victims' rights, eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted offenders, and improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of crime laboratories.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It (December 2005)
NIJ, 18 pages, NCJ 205521.
After summarizing data on the nature and extent of sexual assault on college campuses, this study presents findings on response policies and procedures; reporting options; barriers and facilitators for reporting; reporter training and prevention programming; victim resources; and investigation, adjudication, and campus sanctions.
Abstract | PDF
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
PDF | TEXT
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
PDF | TEXT
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (2001)
OVC, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 185690.
This bulletin offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Victim-Oriented Multidisciplinary Responses to Statutory Rape: Training Guide (2000)
OVC, OVC Training Guidebooks, 41 pages, NCJ 178237.
This guidebook raises the various problems law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers encounter in statutory rape cases and identifies promising practices for dealing with them.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Training Guidebooks Series
Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice System Response to Child Victims and Witnesses (June 1999)
OVC, OVC Others, 32 pages, NCJ 176983.
This monograph describes the best practices and programs that focus on the most effective response to child victims and child witnesses by all those who work in our criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
USA Bulletin: Victims' Rights (January 1999)
DOJ, Bulletin, 96 pages, NCJ 175038.
This United States Attorneys' bulletin is dedicated solely to victim-witness matters, with emphasis on the role of prosecutors. This special 96-page issue also chronicles legislation from the past two decades that provides procedural and remedial rights to victims, such as the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996, the Emergency Witness Assistance Program, the Crime Victims Fund, and the Drug Victim Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
Promising Victim-Related Practices and Strategies in Probation and Parole (1999)
OVC, 301 pages, NCJ 166606.
This compendium explains ways in which probation and parole can change from being simply offender directed to a balanced approach that addresses the specific needs of all involved, including victims.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Children Exposed to Violence: Criminal Justice Resources (1999)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 176984.
This bulletin is a companion piece to the OVC monograph "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice Response to Child Victims and Witnesses". It provides information about the resources, tools, and services available to improve our individual and collective response to children who face crime and violence in their lives.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Civil Protection Orders: Victims' Views on Effectiveness (1997)
NIJ, NIJ Research Preview, FS 000191.
This NIJ Preview concludes that victims' views on the effectiveness of protection orders vary with how accessible the courts are for victims and how well established the links are between public and private services and support resources for victims.
PDF | TEXT
Part Of the NIJ Research Preview Series
Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases (1995)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 170 pages, NCJ 156842.
These guidelines aim to set forth the essential elements of properly conducted family court proceedings in cases involved child abuse and neglect by describing family court functions, outlining the efficient maintenance of court calendars, explaining court staffing and organizational issues, and clarifying associated costs with these procedures.
Abstract | PDF
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