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Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903.
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
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HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children (May 2014)
OVC, OVC Training, 0 pages, NCJ 246834.
This online toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for replicating or establishing programs like the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care. It explains key components of program development, implementation, and sustainability; and includes sample forms and materials used by HALOS and the replicating organizations.
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Part Of the OVC Training Series
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397.
This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
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2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme DVD and CD-ROM (February 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 243539.
The 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD highlights progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984 that makes victim services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible. The CD-ROM contains all 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide content, including the artwork in three electronic formats (JPEG, fillable PDF, and Adobe Creative Suite files) in both color and black and white.
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2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2014)
OVC, 150 pages, NCJ 243538.
The 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims' rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas on how your community can help restore the balance of justice for crime victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov. Hardcopies of the 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD and CD-ROM contain additional campaign material and can also be ordered at www.ncjrs.gov.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014)
OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569.
This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Identity (ID) Theft Toolkit (2014)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, NCJ 248389.
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) coalitions across the country each contributed to the creation of this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and anyone else involved in assisting victims. In this toolkit, you’ll find guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims, starting a collaborative group in your area, as well as downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials, brochures, and more.
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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.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Crime Victims Fund (June 2013)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000391.
The Crime Victims Fund is a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. This fact sheet provides information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013)
OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297.
This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
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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.
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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)
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2009 Report to Congress (April 2013)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 239201.
This e-publication provides essential background information about the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)-how it came into existence, its role in assisting victims of international terrorism, and how the reimbursement process works. A companion report provides a summary of ITVERP activities during the September 2008 through August 2009 reporting period, including application processing and claims payment, public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants, and a discussion of future program needs and improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2010 Report to Congress (April 2013)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 240996.
This e-publication provides essential background information about the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)-how it came into existence, its role in assisting victims of international terrorism, and how the reimbursement process works. A companion report provides a summary of ITVERP activities during the September 2009 through August 2010 reporting period, including application processing and claims payment, public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants, and a discussion of future program needs and improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2011 Report to Congress (April 2013)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 240997.
This e-publication provides essential background information about the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)-how it came into existence, its role in assisting victims of international terrorism, and how the reimbursement process works. A companion report provides a summary of ITVERP activities during the September 2010 through August 2011 reporting period, including application processing and claims payment, public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants, and a discussion of future program needs and improvements.
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Promoting Effective Criminal Investigations of Campus Sex Crimes, Summary Report (November 2012)
OVC, 53 pages, NCJ 240177.
OVC, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services partnered with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to conduct a forum that addressed the topic of enhancing criminal investigations of campus sex crimes. This report summarizes the discussion at the forum and provides a list of resources for those working to investigate sex crimes.
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Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country (DVD and Facilitator’s Guide) (October 2012)
OVC, OVC Videos, 40 pages, NCJ 238639.
This DVD and companion facilitator's guide provide guidance on how to successfully prosecute in federal court domestic violence offenders who commit crimes in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion. The materials also discuss circumstances common in tribal domestic violence prosecutions, such as offender recidivism, recanting victims, safety planning, and federal and tribal criminal justice and social service professionals working collaboratively to ensure victims' safety and community justice.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator's Guide) | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: State-Level Replication Guide (September 2012)
OVC, Electronic Document, 1 pages, NCJ 239107.
This guide describes the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI), which uses a prosecution-based multidisciplinary team approach to address abuse committed against persons with disabilities. A community-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (State Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Community-Level Replication Guide (September 2012)
OVC, Electronic Document, 10 pages, NCJ 239108.
This guide walks you through a seven-step model to improve your community's capacity to respond to crime victims with disabilities. Every step in the model is designed to change your response to crime victims with disabilities permanently. A state-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (Community Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities Curriculum (English) (July 2012)
OVC, Electronic Document, 2 pages, NCJ 239037.
Crime victims with disabilities may face challenges other victims don't, such as the ability to access services or communicate with advocates. "Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities" focuses on recognizing and addressing these challenges so that all victims with disabilities receive the necessary support and assistance. This 3-day training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, participants will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities participants will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities.
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OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims (June 2012)
OVC
This series of nine brochures features information and resources for victims of crime and victim service professionals on the topics of assault, child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, impaired driving, robbery, sexual violence, and stalking. Each brochure defines a type of victimization; discusses what to do if you are a victim of this crime and where to go for help; and provides resources for more information and assistance.
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Underserved Teen Victims Initiative: Case Study Guide (June 2012)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 21 pages, NCJ 245036.
This report describes the features of the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative (UTVI), which was designed and is administered by the National Crime Prevention Council and National Center for Victims of Crime to address teen victimization among underserved youth (Hispanic/Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, runaway and homeless youth, American Indian Youth, and LGBTQ youth).
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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.
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OVC Report to the Nation 2011, Fiscal Years 2009-2010: Rising to the Challenge-A New Era in Victim Services (March 2012)
OVC, 105 pages, NCJ 238061.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. It describes the Crime Victims Fund-a significant resource for supporting services to victims; identifies enduring and emerging challenges in victim services; and discusses public awareness, education, and outreach endeavors. Each section summarizes victims' needs in that area and relates how funding from OVC makes a crucial difference in the lives of crime victims. This interactive document features four multimedia components.
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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.
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Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (2012)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 40 pages, NCJ 238800.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources to provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime. The materials highlight examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative.
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Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations: A Guide for Developing a Law Enforcement Protocol (August 2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 55 pages, NCJ 236082.
Through funding from OVC, the National Sheriffs' Association, Justice Solutions, and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., developed this publication which identifies and discusses how law enforcement agencies can develop protocols for best serving survivors of homicide during cold case investigation.
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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.
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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
SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (March 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 232786.
This toolkit is a compilation of resources for communities wanting to develop SARTs — coordinated teams of people who serve victims of sexual assault — and for communities wanting to improve their SART responses. The toolkit reviews the basics, lays out the steps involved in putting together your SART, describes how to retain focus on victims, highlights SART programs throughout the country, and includes sample resources to use when developing and evaluating your team.
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Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide (January 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 91 pages, NCJ 232972.
This e-Guide supports the important work of multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking Task Forces around the country and provides direction and promising practices on anti-human trafficking Task Force creation, structure, and enhancement. This e-Guide also includes links to many tools, trainings, and resources for victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors.
Abstract | PDF (2014 edition)
Making Restitution Real: Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, 140 pages, NCJ 234310.
Prepared by National Center for Victims of Crime with the support from OVC, this report provides five real-world case studies which detail efforts to improve the collection of victim restitution. This resource can be used by other jurisdictions to review and improve the policies and programs for collecting restitution.
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Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 163 pages, NCJ 238801.
This OVC-funded replication guide, available from National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, supports the development of programs in medical facilities across the country to engage patients in targeted services during their recovery to interrupt the cycle of violence.
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Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement (2011 update) (2011)
OVC, 73 pages, NCJ 232748.
This resource explores creative and economical ways for rural law enforcement agencies to meet the needs of victims at the crime scene and during follow-up contact.
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Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 236432.
Professionals who serve domestic violence survivors must understand the consumer law problems survivors face. This screening tool provides an overview of consumer issues survivors face and discusses how to identify these issues in the course of one's client work.
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Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud (October 2010)
OVC, Electronic Document, 15 pages, NCJ 230590.
Identity theft and financial fraud are increasingly common crimes, but few resources exist to prepare victim service providers to help victims of these crimes. This e-publication showcases the efforts of four OVC grantees to expand the reach of their services to victims of identity theft and fraud. The publication includes a number of practical tools for developing an intake process and case handling protocols; training staff, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals; and staging an effective public awareness outreach campaign. In addition, each of the grantees offer many self-help materials to enable victims to become better self-advocates.
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Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole Recommendation Report (August 2010)
OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 235384.
The report summarizes comments from the panel of crime victims and survivors and provides 10 recommendations for improving services to victims and survivors throughout the community corrections process.
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In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life (August 2010)
OVC, OVC Videos, 137 pages, NCJ 227928.
This two-DVD package and training guide (NCJ 227928) uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialog among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. In addition to individual segments with victims, family members, victim service providers, and allied professionals, the DVDs include several topical segments and a montage of victim and advocate voices designed for use by policymakers. It also includes an interactive role play between a parish nurse and an adult daughter caring for her father intended to help professionals recognize justifications for elder mistreatment. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences.
Abstract | PDF (Trainer's Guide) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 1) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 2) | Video (Disc 1 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 1 .mov Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers (July 2010)
OVC, OVC Training Guidebooks, 98 pages, NCJ 231171.
This educational multimedia package, produced by the National Sheriffs' Association, looks at the impact of crime on victims and describes steps that law enforcement can take, as first responders, to meet victims' needs. Among the types of victimizations covered are sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, human trafficking, and mass casualties. The special needs of older victims, child victims, immigrants, and victims with disabilities are addressed as well.
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Part Of the OVC Training Guidebooks Series
What is the Office for Victims of Crime? (2010)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 6 pages, FS 000321.
This fact sheet describes OVC's mission and major responsibilities.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (2010)
OVC, BC 000762.
This brochure describes the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), which is authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization. It includes a list of the expenses that are eligible for reimbursement; explains the difference between itemized, interim emergency, and supplemental applications; and provides deadlines for filing a claim.
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What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010)
OVC, BC 000767.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
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A News Media Guide for Victim Service Providers (September 2009)
OVC-Sponsored, 137 pages, NCJ 236256.
This media guide is intended to help victim service providers advise victims in their dealings with the media and serve the entire spectrum of the victim services field, from professionals who are branded new to their role as "victim media advisor" to those with decades of experience.
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Good Samaritans: Volunteers Helping Victims Program Handbook and Training Guide (April 2009)
OVC, 61 pages, NCJ 225703.
This online guide is designed for prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations interested in using volunteers to expand their outreach to crime victims. A product of the Good Samaritans program in Mobile, Alabama, it provides guidance for replicating the program in other communities, as Mobile has done, and training volunteers to provide emergency services to victims including home repair, compassionate support, and referrals to other services.
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Strengthening Sexual Assault Victim's Right to Privacy (April 2009)
OVC, Electronic Document, 13 pages, NCJ 226501.
This online guide, developed by Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., provides recommendations to statewide sexual assault coalitions and rape crisis centers concerned with protecting sexual assault victims’ privacy. It addresses common challenges, discusses core concepts, and offers practical tips to maintain victim confidentiality to better serve victims.
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Ethics in Victim Services (April 2009)
OVC-Sponsored, 156 pages, NCJ 210178.
No issue is more complex—or important—than the ethical considerations related to serving victims of crime. Ethics in Victim Services, an OVC online training curriculum, provides information related to values and responses to victims; ethics and standards in victim services; and ethical decision-making. Downloadable materials include Instructor and Participant Manuals, PowerPoint slides and vignettes, and a customizable agenda.
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Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (February 2009)
OVC, 286 pages, NCJ 224257.
This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
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Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
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Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
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OJP 2014 Program Plan: Resources for the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Field (May 2014)
OJP, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 246682.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding grant opportunities OJP intends to fund in the coming months, divided into 10 thematically organized sections.
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Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 241356.
In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
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Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers (January 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 260 pages, NCJ 244348.
This report expands and enhances the 2009 report titled "Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges" to address the practical implications of current domestic violence research for victim advocates and service providers.
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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.
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Use of Victim Service Agencies by Victims of Serious Violent Crime, 1993-2009 (August 2011)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 234212.
Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on trends in the percentage of serious violent crime victims who received help or advice from a victim service agency from 1993 to 2009.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480.
The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
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Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipina, Indian, and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses (July 2010)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 236174.
The goal of this research project is to enhance the understanding of Asian battered women's experiences in seeking help from the criminal justice system (CJS) and other (non-CJS) programs and develop recommendations for system responses to IPV in Asian communities.
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Perspectives on Civil Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases: The Rural and Urban Divide (June 2010)
NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 5 pages, NCJ 230410.
This study examined the impact of civil protective orders against perpetrators of domestic violence on the safety of their victims in five Kentucky jurisdictions.
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Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Fourth Edition (May 2010)
OJJDP, Report, 110 pages, NCJ 228735.
This document serves to guide parents and family members whose children go missing.
Abstract | PDF 5 MB | PDF (Spanish Version)
Final Report: Participatory Evaluation of the Tribal Victim Assistance Programs at the Lummi Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe (August 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 159 pages, NCJ 228190.
This report summarizes the results of process evaluations of two tribal victim assistance programs - the Lummi Victims of Crime Program in Washington State and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Victim Outreach Advocate Program in Maine - both of which are federally funded "on-reservation" victim assistance programs intended to provide permanent, accessible, and responsive crime-victim assistance services on tribal lands.
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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.
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Understanding Intimate Partner Stalking: Implications For Offering Victim Services (May 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 92 pages, NCJ 227220.
Eighty-two women who had experienced stalking by a current or former intimate partner were interviewed at the beginning of the study and monthly over the next 12 months, in order to inquire about various aspects of their stalking experience and the effectiveness of various interventions.
Abstract | PDF
Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Technical Guide (April 2009)
OJJDP, Report, 310 pages, NCJ 223570.
This toolkit provides practical and comprehensive guidance in measuring court performance in child abuse and neglect cases, measuring the effects of activities performed and determining what works and what does not work.
Abstract | PDF 7 MB
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City, Volume Two: Formative Evaluation: The New York City Demonstration (September 2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 107 pages, NCJ 225084.
This report presents the methodology and findings of a formative, participatory evaluation of New York City's demonstration project of the Coalition to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Children (CASEC), which focused on child prostitution in the city.
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Evaluating Children's Advocacy Centers' Response to Child Sexual Abuse (August 2008)
OJJDP, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 218530.
This report presents an overview of a four-site evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), which were established to provide a sensitive environment for child sexual abuse victims and other child-maltreatment victims, as well as their families, in the course of investigating their cases.
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Do Best Practice Interviews with Child Abuse Victims Influence Case Processing? (2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 224524.
This study examined the effects of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD's) protocol for interviewing suspected child victims of abuse on case outcomes.
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Planning, Implementing and Operating Effective Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Programs: Guidelines and Standards (October 2006)
BJA-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 44 pages, NCJ 234517.
This report provides recommendations and standards for planning, implementing, and operating an effective SAVIN Program.
Abstract | PDF
How the Justice System Responds to Juvenile Victims: A Comprehensive Model (December 2005)
OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series, 12 pages, NCJ 210951.
This Bulletin describes the major elements of the justice system for juvenile victims and what is known about how cases move through it.
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Identifying Victims Using DNA: A Guide for Families - Guia para las familias sobre la identificacion de victimas mediante analisis de ADN (April 2005)
NIJ, Report, 10 pages, NCJ 212872.
Intended for family members of crime victims, this guide describes the process of identifying the remains of a victim through DNA analysis.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish)
Civil Trial Cases and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001 (April 2004)
BJS, BJS Bulletins, 12 pages, NCJ 202803.
This bulletin examines general civil cases disposed of by bench or jury trial in the Nation's 75 most populous counties in 2001 and provides information on the type of case, types of plaintiffs and defendants, trial winners, amount of total damages awarded, amount of punitive damages awarded, and case processing time.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Impact Evaluation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program (2003)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, NIJ Research Report, 128 pages, NCJ 203276.
This report details the findings of the University of New Mexico Hospital Emergency Medicine Department's comprehensive outcome evaluation of the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Collaborative.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
Needs Assessment for Service Providers and Trafficking Victims (2003)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 74 pages, NCJ 202469.
This is the first-ever assessment on the needs of trafficking victims and the domestic service providers who work with them. The report, complete with survey instruments and focus group protocols, should help educate the field at large on meeting the specialized and complex needs of trafficking victims.
Abstract | PDF
Protecting Children in Cyberspace: The ICAC Task Force Program (January 2002)
OJJDP, Bulletin, 8 pages, NCJ 191213.
This bulletin describes the work of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program.
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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.
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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
Handbook on Justice for Victims (1999)
UNCCPCJ, 132 pages, NCJ 179083.
In May 1996, the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, at its fifth session, adopted a resolution to develop a manual or manuals on the use and application of the Declaration. The Handbook on Justice for Victims was developed in response to that resolution and outlines the basic steps in developing comprehensive assistance services for victims of crime.
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Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903.
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
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Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
OJP 2014 Program Plan: Resources for the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Field (May 2014)
OJP, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 246682.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding grant opportunities OJP intends to fund in the coming months, divided into 10 thematically organized sections.
Abstract | HTML
HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children (May 2014)
OVC, OVC Training, 0 pages, NCJ 246834.
This online toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for replicating or establishing programs like the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care. It explains key components of program development, implementation, and sustainability; and includes sample forms and materials used by HALOS and the replicating organizations.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397.
This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
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2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme DVD and CD-ROM (February 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 243539.
The 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD highlights progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984 that makes victim services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible. The CD-ROM contains all 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide content, including the artwork in three electronic formats (JPEG, fillable PDF, and Adobe Creative Suite files) in both color and black and white.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014)
OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569.
This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
Abstract | PDF
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2014)
OVC, 150 pages, NCJ 243538.
The 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims' rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas on how your community can help restore the balance of justice for crime victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov. Hardcopies of the 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD and CD-ROM contain additional campaign material and can also be ordered at www.ncjrs.gov.
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Identity (ID) Theft Toolkit (2014)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, NCJ 248389.
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) coalitions across the country each contributed to the creation of this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and anyone else involved in assisting victims. In this toolkit, you’ll find guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims, starting a collaborative group in your area, as well as downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials, brochures, and more.
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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
Crime Victims Fund (June 2013)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000391.
The Crime Victims Fund is a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. This fact sheet provides information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013)
OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297.
This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
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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.
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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)
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2010 Report to Congress (April 2013)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 240996.
This e-publication provides essential background information about the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)-how it came into existence, its role in assisting victims of international terrorism, and how the reimbursement process works. A companion report provides a summary of ITVERP activities during the September 2009 through August 2010 reporting period, including application processing and claims payment, public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants, and a discussion of future program needs and improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2011 Report to Congress (April 2013)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 240997.
This e-publication provides essential background information about the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)-how it came into existence, its role in assisting victims of international terrorism, and how the reimbursement process works. A companion report provides a summary of ITVERP activities during the September 2010 through August 2011 reporting period, including application processing and claims payment, public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants, and a discussion of future program needs and improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2009 Report to Congress (April 2013)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 239201.
This e-publication provides essential background information about the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)-how it came into existence, its role in assisting victims of international terrorism, and how the reimbursement process works. A companion report provides a summary of ITVERP activities during the September 2008 through August 2009 reporting period, including application processing and claims payment, public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants, and a discussion of future program needs and improvements.
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Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 241356.
In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
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Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers (January 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 260 pages, NCJ 244348.
This report expands and enhances the 2009 report titled "Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges" to address the practical implications of current domestic violence research for victim advocates and service providers.
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Promoting Effective Criminal Investigations of Campus Sex Crimes, Summary Report (November 2012)
OVC, 53 pages, NCJ 240177.
OVC, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services partnered with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to conduct a forum that addressed the topic of enhancing criminal investigations of campus sex crimes. This report summarizes the discussion at the forum and provides a list of resources for those working to investigate sex crimes.
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Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country (DVD and Facilitator’s Guide) (October 2012)
OVC, OVC Videos, 40 pages, NCJ 238639.
This DVD and companion facilitator's guide provide guidance on how to successfully prosecute in federal court domestic violence offenders who commit crimes in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion. The materials also discuss circumstances common in tribal domestic violence prosecutions, such as offender recidivism, recanting victims, safety planning, and federal and tribal criminal justice and social service professionals working collaboratively to ensure victims' safety and community justice.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator's Guide) | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: State-Level Replication Guide (September 2012)
OVC, Electronic Document, 1 pages, NCJ 239107.
This guide describes the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI), which uses a prosecution-based multidisciplinary team approach to address abuse committed against persons with disabilities. A community-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (State Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Community-Level Replication Guide (September 2012)
OVC, Electronic Document, 10 pages, NCJ 239108.
This guide walks you through a seven-step model to improve your community's capacity to respond to crime victims with disabilities. Every step in the model is designed to change your response to crime victims with disabilities permanently. A state-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (Community Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities Curriculum (English) (July 2012)
OVC, Electronic Document, 2 pages, NCJ 239037.
Crime victims with disabilities may face challenges other victims don't, such as the ability to access services or communicate with advocates. "Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities" focuses on recognizing and addressing these challenges so that all victims with disabilities receive the necessary support and assistance. This 3-day training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, participants will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities participants will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities.
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OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims (June 2012)
OVC
This series of nine brochures features information and resources for victims of crime and victim service professionals on the topics of assault, child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, impaired driving, robbery, sexual violence, and stalking. Each brochure defines a type of victimization; discusses what to do if you are a victim of this crime and where to go for help; and provides resources for more information and assistance.
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Underserved Teen Victims Initiative: Case Study Guide (June 2012)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 21 pages, NCJ 245036.
This report describes the features of the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative (UTVI), which was designed and is administered by the National Crime Prevention Council and National Center for Victims of Crime to address teen victimization among underserved youth (Hispanic/Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, runaway and homeless youth, American Indian Youth, and LGBTQ youth).
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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.
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OVC Report to the Nation 2011, Fiscal Years 2009-2010: Rising to the Challenge-A New Era in Victim Services (March 2012)
OVC, 105 pages, NCJ 238061.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. It describes the Crime Victims Fund-a significant resource for supporting services to victims; identifies enduring and emerging challenges in victim services; and discusses public awareness, education, and outreach endeavors. Each section summarizes victims' needs in that area and relates how funding from OVC makes a crucial difference in the lives of crime victims. This interactive document features four multimedia components.
Abstract | PDF (Fast Facts) | HTML
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.
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Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (2012)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 40 pages, NCJ 238800.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources to provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime. The materials highlight examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative.
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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.
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Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations: A Guide for Developing a Law Enforcement Protocol (August 2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 55 pages, NCJ 236082.
Through funding from OVC, the National Sheriffs' Association, Justice Solutions, and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., developed this publication which identifies and discusses how law enforcement agencies can develop protocols for best serving survivors of homicide during cold case investigation.
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Use of Victim Service Agencies by Victims of Serious Violent Crime, 1993-2009 (August 2011)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 234212.
Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on trends in the percentage of serious violent crime victims who received help or advice from a victim service agency from 1993 to 2009.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
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.
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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
Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480.
The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
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SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (March 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 232786.
This toolkit is a compilation of resources for communities wanting to develop SARTs — coordinated teams of people who serve victims of sexual assault — and for communities wanting to improve their SART responses. The toolkit reviews the basics, lays out the steps involved in putting together your SART, describes how to retain focus on victims, highlights SART programs throughout the country, and includes sample resources to use when developing and evaluating your team.
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Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide (January 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 91 pages, NCJ 232972.
This e-Guide supports the important work of multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking Task Forces around the country and provides direction and promising practices on anti-human trafficking Task Force creation, structure, and enhancement. This e-Guide also includes links to many tools, trainings, and resources for victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors.
Abstract | PDF (2014 edition)
Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 163 pages, NCJ 238801.
This OVC-funded replication guide, available from National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, supports the development of programs in medical facilities across the country to engage patients in targeted services during their recovery to interrupt the cycle of violence.
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Making Restitution Real: Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, 140 pages, NCJ 234310.
Prepared by National Center for Victims of Crime with the support from OVC, this report provides five real-world case studies which detail efforts to improve the collection of victim restitution. This resource can be used by other jurisdictions to review and improve the policies and programs for collecting restitution.
Abstract | PDF
Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement (2011 update) (2011)
OVC, 73 pages, NCJ 232748.
This resource explores creative and economical ways for rural law enforcement agencies to meet the needs of victims at the crime scene and during follow-up contact.
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Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 236432.
Professionals who serve domestic violence survivors must understand the consumer law problems survivors face. This screening tool provides an overview of consumer issues survivors face and discusses how to identify these issues in the course of one's client work.
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Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud (October 2010)
OVC, Electronic Document, 15 pages, NCJ 230590.
Identity theft and financial fraud are increasingly common crimes, but few resources exist to prepare victim service providers to help victims of these crimes. This e-publication showcases the efforts of four OVC grantees to expand the reach of their services to victims of identity theft and fraud. The publication includes a number of practical tools for developing an intake process and case handling protocols; training staff, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals; and staging an effective public awareness outreach campaign. In addition, each of the grantees offer many self-help materials to enable victims to become better self-advocates.
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Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole Recommendation Report (August 2010)
OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 235384.
The report summarizes comments from the panel of crime victims and survivors and provides 10 recommendations for improving services to victims and survivors throughout the community corrections process.
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In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life (August 2010)
OVC, OVC Videos, 137 pages, NCJ 227928.
This two-DVD package and training guide (NCJ 227928) uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialog among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. In addition to individual segments with victims, family members, victim service providers, and allied professionals, the DVDs include several topical segments and a montage of victim and advocate voices designed for use by policymakers. It also includes an interactive role play between a parish nurse and an adult daughter caring for her father intended to help professionals recognize justifications for elder mistreatment. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipina, Indian, and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses (July 2010)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 236174.
The goal of this research project is to enhance the understanding of Asian battered women's experiences in seeking help from the criminal justice system (CJS) and other (non-CJS) programs and develop recommendations for system responses to IPV in Asian communities.
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